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Re: Alternatives to containers/collections (was Re: Requirements for a possible "RDF 2.0")

From: Danny Ayers <danny.ayers@gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 15 Jan 2010 18:22:26 +0100
Message-ID: <1f2ed5cd1001150922x3f24a2d6tcfcad11b6998abc9@mail.gmail.com>
To: Michael Schneider <schneid@fzi.de>
Cc: Jiří Procházka <ojirio@gmail.com>, Semantic Web <semantic-web@w3.org>
"Optional" is a very good word, about perfect for such stuff.

2010/1/15 Michael Schneider <schneid@fzi.de>:
> Jirí Procházka wrote:
>
>>I would like RDF to be as lightweight (low level) as possible - if I
>>were to make mine RDF, there would be no containers, bnodes, literal
>>data types, language tags, maybe even no literals - using data URI
>>scheme. Anyway I value compatibility and adoption more than sticking to
>>my view of the world so I use RDF as it is.
>>
>>Other alternative would be to have the low level core, build modules on
>>top of it, for example like some programming languages do (Python,
>>Java...) and call the whole thing RDF - I guess that is what would make
>>most people happy.
>
> Good point!
>
> I tend to regard the containers, collections, reification, rdf:value and
> rdf:XMLLiteral related sub-vocabularies of RDF to build sort of a "standard
> utility library" for RDF, although, of course, this is not really the case.
> But for the future of RDF, instead of deprecating or even removing them
> completely from the spec, one could also simply "externalize" them into
> their own specs as /optional/ features of RDF.
>
> This reminds me to OWL 2, where the concept of an n-ary datarange is now
> also an optional feature, and there is a first type of n-ary dataranges,
> namely linear equations, available in its own document [1], maybe others
> will follow over time. This strategy settled some longish and heated
> discussion within the OWL Working Group about whether n-ary dataranges
> should go into the core language or not, and if yes, which and to what
> degree, etc.
>
> [1] <http://www.w3.org/TR/2009/NOTE-owl2-dr-linear-20091027/>
>
> Michael
>
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