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Re: xsd:anyURI - was: HTTPS and the Semantic Web

From: Hugh Glaser <hugh@glasers.org>
Date: Sat, 21 May 2016 17:31:19 +0100
Cc: Nathan Rixham <nathan@webr3.org>, Henry Story <henry.story@bblfish.net>, Semantic Web IG <semantic-web@w3.org>
Message-Id: <68032507-4C84-400B-A1B5-3C39E546BC0F@glasers.org>
To: Michael Brunnbauer <brunni@netestate.de>

And apparently we are not allowed to discuss the idea of RDF being broken, by the way, so bad boys you and Nathan!

Nathan, can we please think about the scale of this thing.
Firstly, I have just counted the model files on one of many, many, domains I maintain - there are 3406702.
This represents a bunch of RDF that is also held in an RDF store, along with other RDF - and served from there as Linked Data.
There are 62375696 different URIs in this one dataset alone.

Now the real problem(!): these URIs are widely distributed among a large number of model files, RDF stores and sameAs services.

I’m not going to poke my nose (as yet perhaps!) into suggesting any solutions (I agree there is a problem); but the idea of fixing things by rewriting legacy RDF, or introducing owl:sameAs, or some other predicate++, for all the URIs in the world seems to me to ignore the practical aspects of a serious amount of RDF.
We might just be finally getting to the stage of having a breadth of real applications using RDF; telling people to go away and change everything is a recipe for convincing people that RDF has failed (which I hasten to add it hasn’t!).


> On 21 May 2016, at 17:05, Michael Brunnbauer <brunni@netestate.de> wrote:
> Hello Nathan,
> On Sat, May 21, 2016 at 04:55:13PM +0100, Nathan Rixham wrote:
>>> The day that that "a" in Turtle/SPARQL represents
>> https://www.w3.org/1999/02/22-rdf-syntax-ns#type instead  of
>> http://www.w3.org/1999/02/22-rdf-syntax-ns#type will be the day when RDF
>> breaks.
>> If RDF breaks because somebody can't open a file and string replace a with
>> b in some code then save, a 20 second fix, it's already broken.
> The dby when everybody who ever used RDF opens b file bnd replbces b with b.
> Regbrds,
> Michbel Brunnbbuer
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