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RE: Reification quoting in RDF/N3 was: A note comparing Conceptu al Graphs and RDF/Semantic Web

From: Graham Klyne <GK@ninebynine.org>
Date: Thu, 18 Jan 2001 16:35:14 +0000
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To: Dan Brickley <danbri@w3.org>
Cc: "McBride, Brian" <bwm@hplb.hpl.hp.com>, Tim Berners-Lee <timbl@w3.org>, <www-rdf-logic@w3.org>
At 07:56 AM 1/18/01 -0500, Dan Brickley wrote:
>question 1:
>Does John know the email address of the person he believes Mary to live  with?
>question 2:
>Is the answer to Q1 determined by the semantics of the 'believedBy'
>relation we're using? ie. could we have 'believedby-transparent' vs
>'believedby-opaque' flavours of this relation to capture this distinction.
>question 3:
>Whether reading (2) above is read as '...the person', or '...a person'
>depends on knowing that foaf:mbox is a unique property. However John (or
>mary, or the first person narrator) may not know (or believe) this. Might
>John then believe that Mary livesWith any/all persons with that mail
>IMHO RDF as-is lacks precision in this area; but I stick by my story that
>this is a problem for the Web at large. One that it would be nice to see
>folk on this list have a crack at...


I don't think it's the role of RDF per se to have precision in this 
area.  Rather, RDF is a kit of parts that can (hopefully) be used, in 
conjunction with semantics separately ascribed to certain RDF properties 
and classes, to build statements that precisely convey these meanings.

I think that, in saying this, I am generally in agreement with your 
assertion that this is a problem for the web at large.

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