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RE: Anonymous predicate

From: Danny Ayers <danny666@virgilio.it>
Date: Tue, 29 Jan 2002 12:55:14 +0100
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As just another kind of anonymous resource this makes sense, but I'm
wondering just how useful this might be. Ok, it can be reasoned with by
treating it as a resource, (e.g. 'does this property have a label?') but
beyond that I can't see much benefit. I may be entirely wrong, but I can't
offhand think of what one might do with the information. e.g. I have a cat
with [something] Garfagnana. Knowing the label seems a bit of a red
herring - are two properties with the same label the same property? - not
necessarily. (also - is there anything to stop a resource having more than
one label?  I guess not, can't remember offhand, it would make a lot of

This idea does open up an interesting area though - what about anonymous
statements & reification?


Danny Ayers
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>-----Original Message-----
>From: www-rdf-interest-request@w3.org
>[mailto:www-rdf-interest-request@w3.org]On Behalf Of Sandro Hawke
>Sent: 28 January 2002 18:20
>To: Pierre-Antoine CHAMPIN
>Cc: www-rdf-interest@w3.org
>Subject: Re: Anonymous predicate
>> I was just wondering if the following was valid N3
>> @prefix foo: <...>
>> @prefix rdfs: <...>
>> foo:MySubject [ rdfs:label "A useful property". ] foo:MyObject.
>> In other words :
>> can the predicate of a statement be an anonymous resouce / bNode ?
>> I think it could proove useful. For example, as my N3 sample suggests, I
>> could write a triple without knowing the exact URI of the predicate, but
>> knowing its label.
>My n3 parser will happily turn that into
>  foo:MySubject _:g1 foo:MyObject.
>  _:f1 rdfs:label "A useful property".
>and I imagine cwm will too.
>And if you're just going to assert it, that's the same as saying
>  foo:MySubject <uuid:1e7743c8-1413-11d6-8f15-0050ba4812a6> foo:MyObject.
>  <uuid:1e7743c8-1413-11d6-8f15-0050ba4812a6> rdfs:label "A useful
>The real question is whether that will do what you want in most/all
>systems.   Will it in all the edge cases?
>       -- sandro
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