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Re: Subjects as Literals, [was Re: The Ordered List Ontology]

From: Michael Brunnbauer <brunni@netestate.de>
Date: Wed, 30 Jun 2010 23:32:57 +0200
To: semantic-web@w3.org
Message-ID: <20100630213257.GA8048@netestate.de>

On Wed, Jun 30, 2010 at 10:12:54PM +0200, Axel Rauschmayer wrote:
> I use RDF like a next-generation relational database and think that RDF could be sold to many people this way

This is so contrary to my personal experience that I have to disagree.

I think information should be stored as triples only when absolutely necessary.
That is when the structure of the information is not exactly known in
advance or changes often. If I know my data I use a relational database - 
proven and improved in decades of usage. SQL is much more powerful than
SPARQL and an RDBMS does not make random disk access for every single piece of
information like a triple store. In a traditional database, there is less 
useless data and data redundancy. I can profit from indices for much more
than an exact match: Full text search, strings starting with ..., search
regardless of language, etc.


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