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Re: LinkedData DI updated to include N3

From: Kingsley Idehen <kidehen@openlinksw.com>
Date: Thu, 01 Jul 2010 19:57:18 -0400
Message-ID: <4C2D2B5E.4070102@openlinksw.com>
To: nathan@webr3.org
CC: Linked Data community <public-lod@w3.org>, "semantic-web@w3.org" <semantic-web@w3.org>
Nathan wrote:
> fyi: TimBL has just updated 
> http://www.w3.org/DesignIssues/LinkedData.html to now read:
> 3- 'When someone looks up a URI, provide useful information, using the 
> standards (RDF*, SPARQL)'
> .. 'The basic format here for RDF/XML, with its popular alternative 
> serialization N3 (or Turtle).'
> To clarify that N3's good for Linked Data


Why not:
'When someone looks up a URI, provide useful information, leveraging 
standards (e.g., RDF*, SPARQL etc.)'


'When someone looks up a URI, provide useful information, using 
standards (e.g., RDF*, SPARQL etc.)'

Methinks the tweak above makes Linked Data more inclusive and less 

We really need the wisdom of Solomon here, really :-)

Why do we need RDF inextricably bound to Linked Data? There's no upside 
to such binding. Lots of downside courtesy of confusion by conflation etc..

> Best,
> Sandro Hawke wrote:
>> On Thu, 2010-07-01 at 17:10 +0100, Nathan wrote:
>>> In all honesty, if this doesn't happen, I personally will have no 
>>> choice but to move to N3 for the bulk of things, and hope for other 
>>> serializations of N3 to come along.
>> RIF (which became a W3C Recommendation last week) is N3, mutated (in
>> some good ways and some bad ways, I suppose) by the community consensus
>> process.   RIF is simultaneously the heir to N3 and a standard business
>> rules format.
>> RIF's central syntax is XML-based, but there's room for a presentation
>> syntax that looks like N3.   RIF includes triples which can have
>> literals as subject, of course.  (In RIF, these triples are called
>> "frames".   Well, sets of triples with a shared subject are called
>> frames, technically.    But they are defined by the spec to be an
>> extension of RDF triples.)
>>      -- Sandro



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