Wednesday, May 04, 2005, 6:47 AM

Identity vs Identifiers

Xageroth Sekarius did some deep thinking in What is Identity?. The observation that I thought was especially pertinent was that:
... identity is actually not something you can store in a database. ... Identity is a logical construction we need for individuality. ... you can't truly store identity in a database. It would be equivalent to storing liquidity or gravity in a database as opposed to the language to describe liquidity or gravity.
Therein lies the difference between identity and identifiers. Identity is "concept of individuality", while identitifers are data sets that signify identities.

Thanks, Xageroth!

Resources:
o Xageroth also wrote The Identity Dilemma and then The Identity Solution? in April.

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