Re: RDF-ISSUE-110 (g-box): A proper term for the concept formerly known as ?g-box?? [RDF Concepts]

On 20 Nov 2012, at 05:57, Thomas Baker wrote:
> On Mon, Nov 12, 2012 at 04:29:32PM +0000, Richard Cyganiak wrote:
>> On 12 Nov 2012, at 08:37, Pat Hayes wrote:
>>> +1 from me on "RDF Source".
>> Okay, it seems most here can live with that term, which is encouraging.
> I could live with "RDF Source" too, though "source" is an awfully general word
> so I'm more interested in the accompanying explanation.  

As stated in the issue description, the term will be used in the informative introduction to RDF Concepts, specifically in sections 1.5 and 1.6:

It will not be *normatively* defined, and will not be used anywhere in normative text in any of the documents.

The bar for some informative text in the introduction is considerably lower than the bar for a normative concept that becomes part of the formally defined RDF data model. This informative use does not preclude any future WGs from normatively defining the same concept, or a similar concept, using a different name.

> For example, can we
> just substitute "space" with "source" from the following [1]?
>    An RDF space [=> source] is anything that can reasonably be said to
>    explicitly contain zero or more RDF triples and has an identity distinct
>    from the triples it contains. 

No. “RDF source” has no strict definition, and questions of containment or identity are not addressed.

> I am curious how we ended up with "source"

Go to the tracker, find ISSUE-110, read the thread.

> it was not one of the
> half-dozen or so options bandied about a few months ago [1]:

That document was a personal draft produced by the four people named at the top of the document, and reflects their personal opinions, preferences and biases. It is in no way a complete or even particularly representative reflection of what was discussed in the WG.


>    The term "space" might change. The final terminology has not yet been
>    selected by the Working Group. Other candidates include "g-box", "data
>    space", "graph space", "(data) surface", "(data) layer", "sheet", and
>    "(data) page". The contributors also note that the term “resource” was
>    considered, and could be used but for possible ambiguities with other,
>    partially overlapping, uses of that term. The term “RDF space” is intended
>    to be synonymous with the term “g-box”, as defined by the RDF Working
>    Group.
> ...but "graph container" was not on that list either [2].
> Tom
> [1]
> [2]
> -- 
> Tom Baker <>

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