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Re: Blank reified statements

From: Dave Beckett <dave.beckett@bristol.ac.uk>
Date: Tue, 10 Dec 2002 11:33:23 +0000
To: Simon Raboczi <raboczi@PIsoftware.com>
cc: www-rdf-interest@w3.org
Message-ID: <11293.1039520003@hoth.ilrt.bris.ac.uk>

>>>Simon Raboczi said:
> It seems to me that there's no way in the WD syntax to combine the
> functions of rdf:nodeID to create blank nodes, and rdf:ID to reify
> statements.  Thus, the only way to reify a statement without giving
> it a URI is by writing out the entire reification explicitly.
> Perhaps an rdf:statementID construct is needed...?

It is not really needed.

You can use rdf:nodeID anywhere rdf:about or rdf:resource is (was in
RDF M&S) allowed.

 nodeElement      ... attributes == ... idAttr | nodeIdAttr | aboutAttr ...
   -- http://www.w3.org/TR/rdf-syntax-grammar/#nodeElement

 emptyPropertyElt ... attributes == ... resourceAttr | nodeIdAttr ...
   -- http://www.w3.org/TR/rdf-syntax-grammar/#emptyPropertyElt

so just use rdf:bagID (on node elements) and rdf:ID (on property
elements) along with rdf:nodeID, and things will work as before.

> <rdf:Description rdf:nodeID="subject">
>   <ex:property rdf:statementID="statement" rdf:nodeID="object"/>
> </rdf:Description>

rather, use:
 <rdf:Description rdf:nodeID="subject">
   <ex:property rdf:ID="statement" rdf:nodeID="object"/>

where 'statement' gives a URI for the triple:
   _:subject ex:property _:object .

where ex: is some namespace URI not given here.


> For symmetry, one might also want rdf:statementBagID to generate a
> blank rdf:Bag of reified statements in the spirit of rdf:bagID.

Nope, rdf:bagID works just fine there too, for example:

  <rdf:Description rdf:nodeID="subject" rdf:bagID="bag">

More on this with examples at
  2.17 Reifying Statements - rdf:bagID and rdf:ID


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