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Re: Thoughts on framing, normalization, CURIEs

From: Dave Longley <dlongley@digitalbazaar.com>
Date: Wed, 31 Aug 2011 13:18:04 -0400
Message-ID: <4E5E6CCC.9040404@digitalbazaar.com>
To: public-linked-json@w3.org
On 08/31/2011 12:10 PM, Danny Ayers wrote:
> [21:12]<dlongley>  the same graph can be represented in many different
> ways in JSON-LD
> Yup, which is confusing and makes it much harder to code against.
> ...
> If JSON-LD isn't recognisable as idiomatic JSON, it'll fail for the same reason.

Actually, this feature is a large part of what makes JSON-LD 
recognizable as idiomatic JSON.

JSON developers are used to working with structures that aren't 
represented in a graph model. One reason why JSON is so easy to use is 
because you work with your data in a natural object-oriented fashion. 
You rely on structure to find and access your data instead of cumbersome 
APIs. We don't want to force JSON developers to abandon whatever 
structures they have decided are the most appropriate for their 

JSON-LD allows them to preserve their structures while providing them 
with the means (@context) to transform their existing data into Linked 
Data. JSON-LD framing allows JSON developers to restructure incoming 
graph-based data (from RDFa, JSON-LD, etc.) according to the specific 
structures their application uses. Framing makes writing JSON-based code 
easy and as natural as it was before; few to no modifications need to be 
made to existing applications or general coding practices.

Dave Longley
Digital Bazaar, Inc.
Received on Wednesday, 31 August 2011 17:18:28 UTC

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