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

Hmm, very good points, Michael. I think Dave R. is on similar lines.

I feel like I need to go away and think about this more.


On Jan 16, 2010, at 7:22 AM, Michael Schneider wrote:

> Jeremy Carroll wrote:
>> Michael Schneider wrote:
>>> Ok, so I will tell you what /I/ want, and I will spell it out loud:
>>> Isn't that a very simple rule?
>>> And I believe it matches quite well the first few mails in this  
>>> thread
>> which
>>> sounded to me as if many people "do not want to fix what isn't
>> actually
>>> broken".
>> Michael that seems a little strong ... are you against deprecation in
>> the sense of discouraging use of some constructs that experience has
>> shown as not very helpful.
> In /my/ experience, you will find for virtually every RDF feature  
> some gang
> of people claiming that the feature is not helpful or even broken. For
> example, I am all for deprecating RDF/XML (but I would never come to  
> the
> insane idea to suggest this as a topic for a future RDF WG). So what  
> will be
> the criterion which features to deprecate and which not?
> For example, RDF reification is a regular candidate for being bashed  
> from
> all sides. But the vocabulary is actually used in practice. Just a  
> simple
> search with Sindice for "rdf:subject" results in more than 100  
> documents
> which include the term.
>  <>
> Do you want to tell me that all these uses aren't "helpful" to at  
> least
> *someone*? Or that the authors of these RDF documents were misguided  
> in some
> way when they decided to use the reification vocabulary?
> RDF reification almost made it into the OWL 2 spec to provide an RDF
> translation for two different language features. The encoding was  
> finally
> changed, so RDF reification isn't in the final spec, but the reasons  
> for
> this change were of different nature than "experience that  
> reification is
> not very helpful".
> There are also prominent supporters for RDF reification on the tool  
> front,
> and where real money is earned. For example, Topbraid Composer (TBC)  
> has
> dedicated support for this feature, and there has been quite some
> enthusiastic discussion on the TBC blog some time ago:
>    < 
> >
>    In our recent modeling exercises with real-world customers
>    it became (once more) evident that reified relationships
>    are a key requirement in many domains. Reified relationships
>    are everywhere.
>> If we have broad consensus that some part of RDF was basically
>> ill-advised, then, sure, we don't want to break existing data, but we
>> don't have to commit to making more of the same.
> As you can see from my examples above, there is no such broad  
> consensus.
> There are just those same groups of people yelling aloud all the time
> against the features they dislike. Those who actually use those  
> feature will
> generally do not yell, because they don't have to -- unless the  
> features is
> eventually removed or deprecated.
> There are now many companies making money in some form or the other  
> from RDF
> and related technologies, there are highly budgeted long-time  
> projects being
> based on RDF, there are other standards depending on current RDF,  
> and there
> is a lot of RDF data out being already in some wide use. Dropping or
> deprecating features may easily have disastrous effects, and the
> distributedness and openness of the web makes it impossible to  
> foresee what
> or who will be affected. And I really see no strong pressure to do  
> such
> non-conservative changes, I just see a few ugly, maybe, but (almost)
> harmless warts on RDF's face.
> So not dropping/deprecating any feature from the normative standard  
> is the
> safe path that I am advocating.
> Michael
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