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Re: What *is* RDF?

From: William Waites <ww@styx.org>
Date: Fri, 25 Mar 2011 15:43:32 +0100
To: Peter Frederick Patel-Schneider <pfps@research.bell-labs.com>
Cc: msporny@digitalbazaar.com, public-rdf-wg@w3.org
Message-ID: <20110325144332.GU13317@styx.org>
* [2011-03-24 22:27:02 -0400] Peter Frederick Patel-Schneider <pfps@research.bell-labs.com> écrit:

] Well, then do I have a solution for you!
]   The JSON for an RDF graph is an array of arrays, each of which has
]   three elements, each of which are strings.  Each of the three-element
]   arrays encodes a triple ... [You should be able to guess the rest.]
] Done!  Let's ratify this at the first F2F, declare victory, and be the
] first W3C WG in a long time to finish early.

This is not very far from what we see in terms of SPARQL results
format and such today. Instead of a string, you have a small
dictionary with type, value and maybe language and datatype keys if
appropriate. It is valid JSON. It is incredibly inconvenient to work
with.

Users of JSON, as I understand it, like their main objects to be
(nested) dictionaries with simple keys.

They also like what could be called a "subject-oriented"
representation where they can think in terms of a thing or object that
has properties. The do not like dealing with tuples or
statements. This is the impedance mismatch.

-w
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