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Re: rdf:li & rdfs:member

From: Lee Feigenbaum <feigenbl@us.ibm.com>
Date: Tue, 5 Jun 2007 14:42:07 -0400
To: Olivier Corby <Olivier.Corby@sophia.inria.fr>
Cc: public-rdf-dawg-comments@w3.org
Message-ID: <OF13B4F225.3C6337A0-ON852572F1.006604BE-852572F1.0066BA24@us.ibm.com>

Olivier Corby wrote on 06/05/2007 05:45:22 AM:

> RDF provides the rdf:li syntax that generates rdf:_1 ... rdf:_n 
> properties for describing  containers elements. What is the status of 
> rdf:li in SPARQL ?
> What does this query mean  :
> select * where {
>     ?s rdf:type rdf:Sequence
>     ?s rdf:li ?v1
>     ?s rdf:li ?v2
> }

<rdf:li> is a special element in the RDF/XML serialization of an RDF 
graph. It increments a counter for the containing element to generate the 
_1, _2, etc. properties. An RDF/XML document that uses rdf:li does not 
actually generate any triples whose predicate is 
http://www.w3.org/1999/02/22-rdf-syntax-ns#li. The prefixed name rdf:li 
has no special meaning in SPARQL, so the above query would look for 
triples with a predicate of http://www.w3.org/1999/02/22-rdf-syntax-ns#li, 
which are unlikely to exist.

> In addition, what is the status of  rdfs:member in SPARQL ?
> Does it match the rdf:_n properties in the target graph ? Hence, does 
> this query return the values of the sequence :
> select * where {
>     ?s rdf:type rdf:Sequence
>     ?s rdfs:member ?v
> }

RDF Schema defines ( http://www.w3.org/TR/rdf-schema/#ch_member ) 
rdfs:member to be a super-property of the container membership properties 
(rdf:_1, rdf:_2, etc.). The SPARQL specification does not do anything 
special for RDF-S entailment, so rdfs:member is not privileged in any way. 
Hwever, a particular SPARQL implementation or endpoint may be configured 
to execute queries against a 'virtual' graph formed from the closure of a 
base graph under RDF-S entailment. In this case, the above query would 
find values in the sequence. (If you are querying against a graph that 
does not contain triples inferred from RDF Schema entailments and your 
query engine is not treating the graph as a virtual graph containing the 
entailed triples, then the above query will not find values in the 

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