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Position Paper: A Comparison of Two Modelling Paradigms in the Semantic Web

  • Peter F. Patel-Schneider, Bell Labs Research, USA
  • Ian Horrocks, University of Manchester, UK

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Track: Semantic Web

Classical logics and Datalog-related logics have both been proposed as underlying formalisms for the Semantic Web. Although these two different formalism groups have some commonalities, and look similar in the context of expressively-impoverished languages like RDF, their differences become apparent at more expressive language levels. After considering some of these differences, we argue that, although some of the characteristics of Datalog have their utility, the open environment of the Semantic Web is better served by standard logics.


Patel-Schneider, P. F. and Horrocks, I. 2006. Position paper: a comparison of two modelling paradigms in the Semantic Web. In Proceedings of the 15th International Conference on World Wide Web (Edinburgh, Scotland, May 23 - 26, 2006). WWW '06. ACM Press, New York, NY, 3-12.
DOI= http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/1135777.1135784

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