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JSON-LD graph normalization (ISSUE-53)

From: Gregg Kellogg <gregg@kellogg-assoc.com>
Date: Wed, 11 Jan 2012 14:25:22 -0500
To: Linked JSON <public-linked-json@w3.org>
Message-ID: <8E08C987-7163-4BEC-86F6-60C3AF0CD59B@greggkellogg.net>
There is an open issue on recent changes to the API document [1] on JSON-LD normalization [2]. I recently changed it to remove the normalization algorithm, and reference the RDF Graph Normalization spec [3]. As that spec is written for RDF, it describes returning a common serialization.

This really gets down to the purpose of normalization in JSON-LD. One is to create a reproducible cryptographic signature across different JSON-LD document instances, and even across different RDF serializations. This doesn't require that the result be JSON-LD, or even a graph representation! Another has commonly be used (e.g., in the Framing algorithm), to flatten a JSON-LD document into an array of JSON Objects, with reproducible BNode identifiers so that the output is consistently sorted. I understand the need to be able to flatten the representation, but not to create a standardized ordering of Blank Node objects or values other than for the purpose of creating a signature.

In any case, it would be useful for people interested in this to review and comment on the issue.


[1] http://json-ld.org/spec/latest/json-ld-api/
[2] https://github.com/json-ld/json-ld.org/issues/53
[3] http://json-ld.org/spec/latest/rdf-graph-normalization/
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