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Re: non opaque primary topics

From: Juan Sequeda <juanfederico@gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 17 May 2013 07:04:32 +0100
Message-ID: <CAMVTWDzSon8tnWxp9NehsB3U0BSNHHeZG6nWUpSQo-h9RuMvnw@mail.gmail.com>
To: Melvin Carvalho <melvincarvalho@gmail.com>
Cc: Tim Berners-Lee <timbl@w3.org>, Semantic Web <semantic-web@w3.org>
I've also seen #_

Juan Sequeda
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On Mon, May 13, 2013 at 11:56 AM, Melvin Carvalho
<melvincarvalho@gmail.com>wrote:

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> On 9 May 2013 02:28, Tim Berners-Lee <timbl@w3.org> wrote:
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>> On 2013-05 -07, at 17:08, Melvin Carvalho wrote:
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>> > the standard model in sem web seems to be
>> >
>> > <> foaf:primaryTopic <#relative-uri>
>> >
>> > I've seen 4 relatively common relative URIs used here and there
>> >
>> > 1. #me -- common in foafs
>> > 2. #i -- often used by timbl and tobyink
>> > 3. #this -- used by kingsley as per the 'this' keyword in OO
>> > 4. # -- used by facebook and others
>> >
>> > It's a very common case that a document will contain one primary topic
>> and I want to standarize all of my pages (mainly robots) into one of these
>> 4.
>> >
>> > It seems to me that (4) is the most sensible choice, after "it doesnt
>> matter".
>> >
>> > Does anyone have any preference here?
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>> A URI takes the form
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>>           <document identifier>  #  <local identifier>
>> or
>>           <document identifier>
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>> The point about this is that all kinds of languages can talk
>> about the same thing in different ways.   To get interopabiliity,
>> though, you have to stick to a limited set of local identifiers which
>> will work in any language.
>>
>> So having the empty string as a local identifier does
>> in fact work in RDF.  But it is a pain.
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>> You can't use qnames with an empty localid:
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>> > 1. :me -- common in foafs
>> > 2. :i -- often used by timbl and tobyink
>> > 3. :this -- used by kingsley as per the 'this' keyword in OO
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>> Ooops! facebook's empty localid isn't allowed as a localid.
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> Ah Thanks.  I was unaware of this difference between qnames and ntriples.
> It does seem that the empty fragment could be unsafe.
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> However I think that qnames are predominantly (maybe always?) used in the
> predicate position, so this makes facebook profiles still OK?
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>> That means also when machines later re-serialize your data,
>> they won't be able to use the qname syntax.
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>> Of course lots of other languages have restrictions that
>> identifiers have length  > 0.
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>> So, while for facebook I'm not complaining that they
>> are using turtle, I wouldn't advice anyone to use an empty localid.
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>> Of the other 3 forms, take your pick.   I must say I  used
>> :i but I find it less easy to explain than :me. Another possibility
>>  for a FOAF file is #timbl  which might have
>> read better when explaining to a class.
>>
>> But as someone else said the string you use does not
>> is opaque in the system and so :x or :it   is fine.
>> I quite like :it if you are generating stuff automatically.
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>> Tim
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