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Re: RDF Schema Validator

From: Richard H. McCullough <rhm@cdepot.net>
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2003 10:07:05 -0700
Message-ID: <000e01c3004c$d7e1f490$bd7ba8c0@rhm8200>
To: "Dave Reynolds" <der@hplb.hpl.hp.com>, "Leo Sauermann" <leo@ist.org>
Cc: <www-rdf-interest@w3.org>
If I've got your sense of "validation" correct, the consistency checks  
performed by McCullough Knowledge Explorer (MKE) constitute a partial 
RDFS validation.

The MKE checks include things like
    undefined concepts
    multiply-defined concepts (not disjoint)
    illegal syntax

Currently, MKE does no datatype checking (any value allowed).

MKE also counts statements, concepts, etc. and has simple queries 
for displaying class hierarchies, entity properties, etc.
Dick McCullough 
knowledge := man do identify od existent done;
knowledge haspart proposition list;

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Dave Reynolds 
  To: Leo Sauermann 
  Cc: www-rdf-interest@w3.org 
  Sent: Friday, April 11, 2003 5:38 AM
  Subject: Re: RDF Schema Validator

  The Jena2 preview [1] includes an early version of RDFS support. This does allow
  you to check an RDF Graph against a schema. However, this is just an
  implementation of the RDF(S) closure rules from the model theory - so that the
  only constructs which are actually illegal are those involving datatype clashes
  (e.g. finding an xsd:string where the schema expected an xsd:int), everything
  else just turns into additional entailments.

  To use RDFS for validation, other than this datatype checking, you have to make
  additional assumptions (for example unique names assumptions or disjointness of
  particular classes, or some closedness assumptions). The long-term way to do
  this is to use OWL. However, it would be possible to build an RDFS tool which
  could at least spot "unexpected" data items, especially given some
  application-specific hints. Sort of an RDFS lint.

  We've talked about doing such a thing as a Jena contrib tool and I'm interested
  in use cases for it. What sorts of validation are you looking for? What
  constructs, apart from datatype clashes, do you want to regard as violations to
  be detected by a validator?


  [1] http://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/jena/Jena-2p2.zip?download

  Leo Sauermann wrote:
  > Hi,
  > I wrote a schema for Musicbrainz and I want to check if I did it right.
  > Are there any RDF Schema validators I can use that:
  > - Import my RDF Schema
  > - Then validate some RDF files against the schema
  > ICSForth RDFSuite is a little bit too heavy for me, is there a website
  > or Jena implementation available ?
  > Thanks for any help
  > (if there is one - > why is it not in dave beckett's list?)
  > Leo
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