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Re: Linked Data Platform ISSUE-20: What is the base URI of a POSTed document?

From: Alexandre Bertails <bertails@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 11 Oct 2012 10:34:51 -0400
Message-ID: <5076D90B.5070708@w3.org>
To: Andy Seaborne <andy.seaborne@epimorphics.com>
CC: Henry Story <henry.story@bblfish.net>, public-ldp-wg <public-ldp-wg@w3.org>
On 10/11/2012 10:15 AM, Alexandre Bertails wrote:
> On 10/11/2012 09:56 AM, Andy Seaborne wrote:
>> On 11/10/12 13:46, Alexandre Bertails wrote:
>>> But imposing
>>> absolute URIs to define RDF graph is plain wrong, and highly
>>> impractical.
>> Do you agree the RDF specs do require absolute URIs as those specs are
>> currently written (or drafted in RDF 1.1)?
> I agree that people working with RDF databases don't have any
> incentive to deal with relative URIs, as everything being absolute
> helps having identifiers that don't change, so it's easier for them.
> I believe that when it comes to data *on* the Web (so you can use
> URLs), then you can always provide a context to resolve relative
> URIs. Despite the stack being called Semantic Web, the use case where
> things are not the Web is not properly handled.
> At the end, I don't see the difference with a browser getting a HTML
> document... You have all the URLs being resolved to absolute URLs, and
> that's what matters at the end of the day.

And to reply more directly to your question: of course you're right,
there is no such thing as relative URIs in RDF per definition. And
many of the specs and implementations rely on this property.

But here is the thing: this applies only when one says "here we need
an RDF Graph". Here is my point: if we need a weaker definition for an
RDF Graph where URIs can be relative, then let's just do it. Whenever
we want to combine this with another spec that asks for an plain-old
RDF Graph, then it means that we have to provide the base URI to
resolve it.

We just have to provide a definition for a Relative RDF Graph and make
an explicit reference to http://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc3986 . I
believe that this does not introduce any incompatibility with RDF and
does not even need to be brought to the RDF WG. This is definitely in
scope for LDP.

What do you think?


> Alexandre.
>>      Andy
Received on Thursday, 11 October 2012 14:35:28 UTC

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