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Re: RDF named graph use case and requirement

From: Satya Sahoo <satya.sahoo@case.edu>
Date: Thu, 22 Sep 2011 10:40:10 -0400
Message-ID: <CAOMwk6wUUY7ULtYz9V_+7U4QJx9us97Ps2XYVTFz0GUhSW=s0Q@mail.gmail.com>
To: Graham Klyne <GK@ninebynine.org>
Cc: public-rdf-prov@w3.org, Sandro Hawke <sandro@w3.org>, W3C provenance WG <public-prov-wg@w3.org>, Andy Seaborne <andy.seaborne@epimorphics.com>
Hi Sandro and Graham,

On Thu, Sep 22, 2011 at 2:09 AM, Graham Klyne <GK@ninebynine.org> wrote:

> On 21/09/2011 23:27, Sandro Hawke wrote:
>
>> [cc'ing public-prov-wg, but reply-to set to public-rdf-prov, where as I
>> understand it this discussion should proceed.]
>>
>> On Wed, 2011-09-21 at 16:49 +0100, Graham Klyne wrote:
>>
>>> ..........
>>
>>

>  might be considering.
>>>
>>> The resulting requirement that we articulated was that for the purposes
>>> of
>>> provenance, we must be able to treat two "named" graphs with identical
>>> graph
>>> content as two distinct entities.
>>>
>>> ...
>>>
>>> The use-case is this:
>>>
>>> Suppose we have some resource R.
>>>
>>> Observer A makes a provenance assertion about R on Monday 2011-09-19,
>>> which is
>>> expressed as an RDF graph Pra
>>>
>>> Observer B makes a provenance assertion about R on Friday 2011-09-23,
>>> expressed
>>> as RDF graph Prb
>>>
>>> To express provenance about the provenance assertions, we may wish to
>>> say:
>>>
>>> Pra statedBy A; onDate "2011-09-19" .
>>>
>>> Prb statedBy B; onDate "2011-09-23" .
>>>
>>> It may be that the provenance assertions Pra and Prb have identical
>>> content;
>>> i.e. they are RDFG graphs containing identical triple sets.  For the
>>> purposes of
>>> provenance recording, it is important that even when they express the
>>> same
>>> graphs, Pra and Prb are distinct RDF nodes.  If Pra and Prb are treated
>>> as a
>>> common RDF node, one might then infer:
>>>
>>> _:something statedBy A ; onDate "2011-09-23" .
>>>
>>> which in this scenario would be false.
>>>
>>
>> Isn't this just some modeling confusion?  Pra and Prb are each an event
>> of the authoring of a statement (ie they are "statings"), not
>> statements, based on how you use them, giving them dates and such.
>> Those two statings can then be connected to the same statement (graph,
>> G1).
>>
>> Pra statement G1; dc:creator A; dc:date "2011-09-19".
>> Prb statement G1; dc:creator B; dc:date "2011-09-23".
>>
>> Then G1 can just be a literal, or whatever we use to allow conversations
>> about g-snaps.
>>
>
> Yes, this is indeed a modelling choice.  As I note later, I wasn't
> dismissing the graph literal approach, just trying be expose the need, which
> might be addressed in different ways.


I am a bit confused here - originally Graham used Pra and Prb as "an RDF
graph", so they can be treated as resources and we can make statements about
it - creator and date. Also, the "event" will be the equivalent to a PE
"statementMaking" and the output will be Pra and Prb.

I agree with Sandro that Graham's original use of Pra and Prb maps them to
g-snaps from RDF WG terminology. Looking at the definitions of g-box and
g-snap, they almost seems to be a class-instance correspondence between
them?


>
>
>>  .....
>>>
>>> A particular consequence of this is that an RDF "named graph"
>>> specification
>>> based on graph literals (where RDF literals are self-denoting), somewhat
>>> like
>>> formulae in Notation 3, would have to be used with care.  That is, if Pra
>>> and
>>> Prb are graph literals, then Pra = Prb, and the given
>>> provenance-of-provenance
>>> statements could not be expressed as suggested above.
>>>
>>
>> It seems to me Pra and Prb are not g-snaps (RDF graphs), so there's no
>> problem here.
>>
>
> Again, an interaction of modelling and design choices.  There *could* be a
> problem, depending on what choices are made.
>

Again, Pra and Prb seem to fit the definition of g-snap?

Best,
Satya


>
> #g
> --
>
>
>  (This does not preclude a graph literal approach being used, but the above
>>> use-case might need to be constructed slightly differently.)
>>>
>>> #g
>>> --
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>
>>
>
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