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4. Specialized RDF Relationships: Reification, Containers, and Collections

Chapter 4. Specialized RDF Relationships: Reification, Containers, and Collections

Reification, collections, and containers deserve separate coverage from the rest of the RDF/XML syntax, primarily because these constructs have caused the most controversy and confusion. And most of this has to do with meaning.

It isn’t precisely clear what is happening, for instance, when I use reification syntax within an RDF/XML document. Am I making a statement about a statement? Am I claiming a special truth for the statement? Or how about the use of a collection or container—is there an interpretation of the relationship of the items within the groups that extends beyond the fact that the items are grouped?


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