Dear Richard, All,

I think we need some expert in the respective kinds of syntax. I hope there is someone on this list working more at the programming level. I am no more working at the programming level.
I believe from a general point of view, it is a non-issue. I regard this not a question of feasibility, but getting an IT guy trained in this. I hope someone on this list knows or knows who knows:-)

The example "feet/inches" and "degrees, minutes and seconds" is mathematically exactly the same as a date composed of "Year/month/day", even more simple, because their are no leap-years etc. So, since the one works, the others must work as well, in analogy.

The geometric primitives, for instance WKT strings, describe points and volumes in 3- or even 4-dimensional spaces. Since this works, any n-dimensional value can be represented in the same way.

A simple way is this:
In a literal, we can store any XML or JASON chunk, and represent the schema as "unit".

Of course, we need to spell this out:-)



On 11/9/2018 8:15 PM, Richard Light wrote:

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Subject: Re: [Crm-sig] New Issue: dimension intervals
Date: Fri, 9 Nov 2018 18:01:59 +0000
From: Richard Light <>

On 08/11/2018 20:00, Martin Doerr wrote:
Dear Richard,

It requires a sort of datatype or encoding.

Assume unit = "ft&inches"
               value = <3,6>

would that make sense?

In the xsd datatypes everything is in the value already.
The XSD datatypes all resolve to single values, so don't give a clear steer from them as to how to deal with the 'multiple units' issue.

I can see what you're saying as regards a 'complex' datatype, but I can't find examples on the Web of how the value would actually be encoded as an RDF value which software agents could do anything useful with. 

The best I have come up with is this document from 2002:
This is correct but does not go into things like geoSPARQL. It does not advise how to make multidimensional values.

which has some heavy hitters associated with it.  Is this the sort of approach you are proposing?

A slightly more complex example would be a geographical coordinate expressed as latitude and longitude (both expressed as degrees, minutes and seconds).



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