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RDFm section 4.1 ambiguity

From: Bill de hÓra <dehora@acm.org>
Date: Sat, 9 Dec 2000 10:25:28 -0000
Message-ID: <006b01c061ca$6566d520$9445893e@dehora>
To: "ML RDF-interest" <www-rdf-interest@w3c.org>
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Folks,

The intent of the RDFm is to allow higher order statements. From the
RDFm:

"A model of a statement is the resource we need in order to be able
to make new statements (higher order statements) about the modeled
statement. [...] A model of a statement is called a reified
statement. [...] The resource with these four properties is not a
replacement for the original statement, it is a model of the
statement."

This section (4.1) offers two definitions of the model of a
statement. Is the model of the statement the resource, or, the
resource including these four properties? I don't much enjoy being a
language lawyer, but since this list goes round and round on
reification, we seem to need all the clarity we can get. I assume the
correct interpretation is:

1. the model of a statement is the resource and the four properties
in question.
2. a reified statement is the model of that statement.

and that the use of the word resource in the first sentence is simply
unfortunate. Would it be possible to have the first sentence of
section 4.1 above edited for future versions of the recommendation
and the definitions made more explicit? Something along the lines of:

"In order to be able to make new statements (higher order statements)
about a statement we need to model that statement. [...] A model of a
statement is sometimes called a reified statement. [...] The resource
along with these four properties is called the model of the
statement. A model of a statement is not a replacement for that
statement."

- -Bill de hÓra

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