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Re: New Proposal (6.1) for GRAPHS

From: Andy Seaborne <andy.seaborne@epimorphics.com>
Date: Wed, 28 Mar 2012 10:36:51 +0100
Message-ID: <4F72DBB3.20304@epimorphics.com>
To: public-rdf-wg@w3.org
Looks very interesting.

I think it can usefully be decoupled from syntax. It could be expressed 
in terms of an RDF dataset, a set of default graph and zero or more 
(label, graph) pairs.  Or a set of quads, but grouping quads-of-the-same 
label into graphs is likely to be easier.

I don't think the syntax is an important part of the idea - it's good to 
explain it in syntax, and tests, but the essence is not syntax and While 
grounded in syntax, it's going to be hard to bridge the gap with other 

So we could have parallel strands of work:

1/ Define TriG, N-Quads as syntax for bytes -> quads -> datasets

2/ Define 6.1 as datasets -> entailments and semantics.


On 28/03/12 03:23, Sandro Hawke wrote:
> I've written up design 6 (originally suggested by Andy) in more
> detail.  I've called in 6.1 since I've change/added a few details that
> Andy might not agree with.  Eric has started writing up how the use
> cases are addressed by this proposal.
> This proposal addresses all 15 of our old open issues concerning graphs.
> (I'm sure it will have its own issues, though.)
> The basic idea is to use trig syntax, and to support the different
> desired relationships between labels and their graphs via class
> information on the labels.  In particular, according to this proposal,
> in this trig document:
>     <u1>  {<a>  <b>  <c>  }
> ... we only know that<u1>  is some kind of label for the RDF Graph<a>
> <b>  <c>, like today.  However, in his trig document:
>     {<u2>  a rdf:Graph }
>     <u2>  {<a>  <b>  <c>  }
> we know that<u2>  is an rdf:Graph and, what's more, we know that<u2>
> actually is the RDF Graph {<a>  <b>  <c>  }.  That is, in this case, we
> know that URL "u2" is a name we can use in RDF to refer to that g-snap.
> Details are here: http://www.w3.org/2011/rdf-wg/wiki/Graphs_Design_6.1
> That page includes answers to all the current GRAPHS issues, including
> ISSUE-5, ISSUE-14, etc.
> Eric has started going through Why Graphs and adding the examples as
> addressed by Proposal 6.1:
> http://www.w3.org/2011/rdf-wg/wiki/Why_Graphs_6.1
>       -- Sandro (with Eric nearby)
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