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Re: Graph-State Resources (was Re: graphs and documents Re: [ALL] agenda telecon 14 Dec)

From: Sandro Hawke <sandro@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2011 18:03:20 -0500
To: Pat Hayes <phayes@ihmc.us>
Cc: Richard Cyganiak <richard@cyganiak.de>, David Wood <david@3roundstones.com>, Tim Berners-Lee <timbl@w3.org>, Guus Schreiber <guus.schreiber@vu.nl>, RDF WG <public-rdf-wg@w3.org>
Message-ID: <1323903800.6252.1061.camel@waldron>
On Wed, 2011-12-14 at 15:20 -0600, Pat Hayes wrote:
> On Dec 14, 2011, at 2:31 PM, Sandro Hawke wrote:
> > 
> > Any ideas for a better term?
> My original suggestion for g-box was "RDF Resource". 

That was my first thought, on this problem, too, but I think the term is
too ambiguous.  To all the current RDF users, an RDF Resource is an
rdfs:Resource, aka anything.   So I think we need something more like
"RDF-Emiting Resource."   But in the REST terminology, the resources
don't emit something, they just have representations (serializations) of
their state transmitted.   The things are passive.   If, when prodded,
they emit an RDF serialization, then by REST, that means their state was
an RDF Graph.    So, Resources Whose State is an RDF Graph.   Or "RDF
Graph-State Resources".   Or just "Graph-State Resources" in a context
where RDF is implied....

That's my reasoning.

> I still think this most neatly captures the intention: a REST resource (a proddable Web thingie which emits representations of its state when prodded) whose representations are (parsable into) RDF graphs. If this is too gnomic, then "RDF Graph Resource" would do. It needs to have "RDF" in it somewhere. 
> BTW, I have always thought of a g-box as something which emits graphs when prodded, rather than being restricted to a simple container. So +1 to this generalization, if it is a generalization. 

Yes, I resisted that, mostly because I didn't like REST.  I found a box
a much simpler concept.   But I've given up on that resistance, and am
finding the idea of
something-with-an-RDF-Graph-as-its-State-as-far-as-Web-Clients-are-concerned is pretty simple, too.

     -- Sandro
> Pat
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