[All] Proposal: RDF Graph Identification

Hi all,

The chairs and team contacts for the RDF WG have been working to create a proposal to break the deadlock regarding the "named graphs" portion of our charter.  We call our proposal "RDF Graph Identification" [1].

This proposal has some major differences from previous proposals, but borrows tremendously from many of them.  It is an attempt to find a middle ground, close to minimal, but sufficient to formally define commonly implemented practices and encourage implemented use cases already found in the wild.

This document is *not* intended to be published, nor to have editors past the proposal stage (i.e. don't be confused by scaffolding provided by the use of ReSpec).  Instead, it is intended to be used as source material for changes to other documents (RDF Concepts, Semantics and various format specs).  Each section contains a note showing the intended distribution for that section's material.

Guus, Ivan, Sandro and I have consulted with Andy, Richard and Pat on some details.  Although all of our names appear on the document, that does not infer that everyone on that list agrees with everything there.  Indeed, everyone has something in the proposal that makes them uncomfortable.  We are, however, trying to come together to find a solution.

Many challenges remain before we can claim victory for the RDF WG.  Failing to address the "named graphs" requirement in our charter would not only be a major public embarrassment, but would significantly damage the Semantic Web Activity's perception in both the public eye and within the W3C.  I therefore ask each of you to do the following:

- Please read the proposal carefully in its entirety
- Please take a breath :)
- Please react professionally and courteously (avoiding nitpicks, personal attacks, etc)
- Please suggest *concrete changes* to the document (instead of, e.g., simply denigrating existing content)

I look forward to working with all of you to find a path forward.  Thank you.


[1] http://www.w3.org/2012/08/RDFNG.html

Received on Thursday, 16 August 2012 13:18:22 UTC