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Re: terminology: what's a data model

From: Frank Manola <fmanola@mitre.org>
Date: Thu, 31 Oct 2002 12:56:25 -0500
Message-ID: <3DC16EC9.30303@mitre.org>
To: Brian McBride <bwm@hplb.hpl.hp.com>
CC: pat hayes <phayes@ai.uwf.edu>, w3c-rdfcore-wg@w3.org

Brian McBride wrote:

> At 14:48 30/10/2002 -0500, Frank Manola wrote:
>> The Primer calls RDF a "data model" in several places.  Do you want me 
>> to change it?
> I think that is a judgement call for you Frank.  In trying to get some 
> consistency of presentation I'm heading towards RDF is a language with 
> one abstract syntax and several concrete syntaxes as being the 'formal' 
> model of what we think RDF is.  I know not everyone is comfortable with 
> that, but we need to pick one.
> However, as Graham has pointed out, when explaining things to folks, the 
> term 'data model' might well be more appropriate so, if in context you 
> think data model is a better term, then there is no blanket - "you are 
> not allowed to use that term" injunction.  Jeremy's text, something 
> along the lines of RDF's Abstract Syntax, sometimes called the RDF Data 
> Model, ... seemed to me to set the right sort of tone.
> Brian

Sounds like a fine resolution to me.


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