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Re: W3C Data Cube spec uses SPARQL too

From: Richard Cyganiak <richard@cyganiak.de>
Date: Wed, 6 Aug 2014 10:27:56 +0100
Message-Id: <34A51380-4289-48AE-B2D5-85D3B198614F@cyganiak.de>
Cc: "public-rdf-sha." <public-rdf-shapes@w3.org>
To: Holger Knublauch <holger@topquadrant.com>
Holger,

You're right. There wasn't really any alternative, given that currently there is no other W3C-recommended technology that can be used for RDF validation. SPARQL has turned out to be a reasonably good fit for this particular use case.

The Data Cube experience has left me thinking that a W3C-recommended RDF validation technology should have SPARQL semantics, but that a more compact and idiomatic syntax may be beneficial.

There was no attempt to write these constraints in closed-world OWL at the time, because that's not a W3C standard, but it would be interesting to see if/how the constraints could be expressed that way.

Best,
Richard


> On 6 Aug 2014, at 08:23, Holger Knublauch <holger@topquadrant.com> wrote:
> 
> To those who are critical of using SPARQL as a way of expressing constraints, or as a way of writing specifications, please take a look at
> 
>    http://www.w3.org/TR/vocab-data-cube/#wf-rules
> 
> The Data Cube Vocabulary is a W3C Recommendation that defines its constraints in SPARQL. This is instantly executable.
> 
> HTH
> Holger
> 
> 
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