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   Re: "RDF + Topic Maps" = The Future

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  • From: Uche Ogbuji <uche.ogbuji@fourthought.com>
  • To: Jonathan Borden <jborden@mediaone.net>
  • Date: Tue, 19 Dec 2000 11:28:21 -0700 (MST)

> > But as far as I know (I might be wrong, please correct me if this is
> > case)
> > RDF has no STANDARD! way to carry forward the origin of opinion.
> >
> RDF does have a standard way to declare the origin of a statement (presume
> an opinion is derived from a statement). This is the distinction between a
> statement and stating and is the point of statement "reification". The point
> is that since everything is a resource, one can make statements about
> statements which is how I assume one might make a statement regarding the
> origin of a statement.

If I understand Nikita correctly (which I hope I'm finally beginning to),
his point is not that there is no meta-statement facility at all, but that
there is no standard vocabulary for the arcs from the reified statement to the
node representing the attributed party (or vice versa).

If I interpret him correctly, then, as I told him, this is not the role of
RDF, and there is no reason not to just use the vocab from topic maps for
this purpose.

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