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Fwd: [xml-dev] Converting a variety of data formats, containingvarious kinds of data into a common intermediate form

Forgot to copy the list on this response....

Without giving this much thought; you could probably prove that all
data modes that are "computationally  tractable" are reducible to a
model that is isomorphic to a triple store.  I would not give RDF any
special status in regards to the general representation of such a
model (and in fact would be rather hesitant to use it at all).

Peter Hunsberger

On Tue, Oct 4, 2016 at 10:53 AM, Costello, Roger L. <costello@mitre.org> wrote:
> Hi Folks,
> Scenario: You are tasked to build a system that will receive data from a
> variety of sources. The data arrives in different formats (e.g., CSV,
> binary, tab-delimited, JSON, XML). The data sources provide different kinds
> of data (e.g., one source provides book data, another source provides
> weather data, another source provides gardening data). The data will be
> converted to a common intermediary form and then from the intermediary form,
> placed into a data store.
> Recently I heard this statement:
>                 Converting data that is in various formats and contains
> various kinds
>                of data, into a common intermediate form is hard
> (computationally
>                expensive). RDF is the only data model the enables such
> conversions
>                to be done in a way that is computationally tractable.
> Therefore, we
>                must use RDF. And, as a corollary, we must use a triple store
> to store
>                the RDF data.
> Do you agree with that statement? If you do, can you provide evidence that
> RDF is the only data model that supports such conversions in a
> computationally tractable manner?
> If you do not agree with that statement, can you provide evidence on why the
> statement is false?
> /Roger

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