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Re: Datatypes

From: Reto Bachmann-Gmür <rbg@talis.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Aug 2007 11:38:40 +0200
Message-ID: <46CEA720.3010408@talis.com>
To: Alan Ruttenberg <alanruttenberg@gmail.com>
CC: Garret Wilson <garret@globalmentor.com>, semantic-web@w3.org

Alan Ruttenberg wrote:
> On Aug 22, 2007, at 3:25 AM, Reto Bachmann-Gmür wrote:
>> Another issue is the identity of the nodes, the unique-name
>> constraint of java-classes can be expressed with an identity
>> constraint definition on the datatypes but I can't think of any way
>> to tell an RDF or OWL processor that a resource may not have two
>> different URIs of the java-scheme.
> Couldn't do it at the scheme level, but could at the application level
> by having the documentation indicate that there is a property
> "uniquename" that is a function datatype property that must be set to
> the the same string as the the uri as string. 
> I proposed something like this as an extension to OWL in 
> http://owl-workshop.man.ac.uk/acceptedLong/submission_26.pdf (search
> for uniqueName)
Interesting that this works with a hasName property pointing to the
string Value of the URI. I'm wondering why not just abolish named node
completely and use an inverse functional hasName property and a
functional and inverse functional hasUniqueName property. For the HPL
Graph Versioning System
 (http://gvs.hpl.hp.com/) this is exactly what happens internally:
instead of having different owl:sameAs resources there's just one
resource with different names as properties.


Reto Bachmann-Gmür
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