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Turtle support for Multiple Graphs, suggestion

From: Nathan <nathan@webr3.org>
Date: Fri, 01 Apr 2011 17:10:24 +0100
Message-ID: <4D95F8F0.2060904@webr3.org>
To: RDF WG <public-rdf-wg@w3.org>
Hi All,

Just a quick, mini proposal wrt supporting multiple "named graphs" in 

We could add a new keyword and directive, @graph (or @namespace), who's 
value was an IRI. This would be a minimal change to the grammar, for 

@prefix rdf: <http://www.w3.org/1999/02/22-rdf-syntax-ns#> .
@prefix dc: <http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/> .
@prefix foaf: <http://xmlns.com/foaf/0.1/> .

# default graph
  <http://example.org/bob> dc:publisher "Bob" .
  <http://example.org/alice> dc:publisher "Alice" .

@graph <http://example.org/bob> .
   _:a foaf:name "Bob" .
   _:a foaf:mbox <mailto:bob@oldcorp.example.org> .

@graph <http://example.org/alice> .
   _:a foaf:name "Alice" .
   _:a foaf:mbox <mailto:alice@work.example.org> .

I believe it's pretty self explanatory, so will spare getting in to any 
heavy details, other than a couple of basic questions:

- What would the scope of @prefix and @base declarations be?
(either no change / file wide, or with a scope of the nearest "@graph")

- Would the value be an IRI, or an absolute-IRI?
(my own preference would be the latter).


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