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N3 isn't RDF

Dave Beckett - Journalblog: February 2003 Archives

I'm so tired of seeing morons confuse RDF, OWL and XML syntaxes so I'll record this rather than send it as email to the latest fool.

My favourite confusion is people thinking N3 is RDF. N3 does stuff that RDF just cannot. Confusing the two sets expectations about RDF that aren't justified. N3 is not RDF.

March 2, 2003 07:36 PM


(March 2, 2003 11:37 PM #)

Hmm - you can use n3 as a (scribblable) RDF syntax though, and RDF + OWL should cover all n3 does (well, apart from the scribblability), so I'm not sure those expectations are that far off.

btw, personally I'm not an n3 fan, but appreciate why people can be.

Bill de hra
(March 3, 2003 10:06 AM #)

True. N3 nearly supersets RDF... except that to understand what some piece of N3 means you have to run it against cwm and/or read cwm's source code as the specification for N3.

(March 3, 2003 10:43 AM #)

Good point, re. understanding - a third alternative being to get on #rdfig and pick TimBl/Connolly's brains ;-)

Apparently Jena has an n3 parser/writer too, though I don't know what its coverage of the 'spec' is like.

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