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Re: Well Behaved RDF - Taming Blank Nodes, etc.

From: Melvin Carvalho <melvincarvalho@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 20 Dec 2012 15:17:33 +0100
Message-ID: <CAKaEYhKCes_9TR0L=W_F3NYtBiWa38gTodmkfSSojWdOMx-zbg@mail.gmail.com>
To: David Booth <david@dbooth.org>
Cc: semantic-web <semantic-web@w3.org>
On 12 December 2012 18:01, David Booth <david@dbooth.org> wrote:

> I'm writing a paper to propose a profile of RDF that would enable
> simpler tools to process RDF, and I'm wondering if others have
> suggestions of constraints that may be helpful to include.  The idea is
> not to change the RDF standard, but to define a useful, voluntary subset
> -- Well Behaved RDF -- that is sufficient for most RDF applications but
> simplifies their development.
>
> For example, one key limitation would be in the use of blank nodes,
> which severely complicate what could otherwise be simple tasks, such as
> comparing two RDF graphs for equality.  With unrestricted blank nodes,
> this becomes a difficult graph isomorphism problem instead of a simple
> text comparison.  Some have suggested eliminating blank nodes entirely,
> but a more modest restriction would be to limit them to common idioms
> that do not cause such complexity problems:
>
>   A Well-Behaved RDF graph is an RDF graph that can be serialized
>   as Turtle without the use of explicit blank node identifiers.
>   I.e., only blank nodes that are implicitly created by the
>   bracket "[ ... ]" or list "( ... )" notations are permitted.
>
> Are there other restrictions that would be helpful to have in a Well
> Behaved RDF profile, which would simplify our lives as RDF developers,
> but still meet the needs of most RDF applications?  For example, what if
> anything might be said about non-lean RDF graphs?  Should typed literals
> be required to be well formed per their type semantics?  Should the use
> of rdf:first and rdf:rest be limited to well-formed, rdf:nil-terminated
> lists, i.e., those that can be serialized as Turtle lists ( . . . )?
> Etc.  What do others think?
>

I hope this is not considered too off-topic, but it was actually some
passages in literature that helped convinced me of the need for blank nodes.

https://soundcloud.com/user2324628/joseph-campbell-on-joyce

Particularly the part that says, 'All we experience are predicates ... we
attribute subjects to them'


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