W3C Workshop on RDF Next Steps

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In this position paper, I review a problem with the way the current RDF Semantics defines the RDFS closure. In particular, the concern is with the treatment of container membership properties which causes the RDFS closure to be infinite. This problem has been known for over half a decade.

RDF is a key enabling technology for linked data. However, currently RDF lacks a mechanism to connect data from different documents as well to address the contextual differences in these documents. We propose to introduce rdf:imports for context-aware integration of RDF documents.