Declarative Semantics for the Rule Interchange Format Production Rule Dialect
." The Semantic Web - ISWC 2010 - 9th International Semantic Web Conference
. Springer, 2010. 798-813. Abstract
TheRuleInterchangeFormatProductionRuleDialect(RIF- PRD) is a W3C Recommendation to define production rules for the Semantic Web, whose semantics is defined operationally via labeled ter- minal transition systems.
In this paper, we introduce a declarative logical characterization of the full default semantics of RIF-PRD based on Answer Set Programming (ASP), including matching, conflict resolution and acting.
Our proposal to the semantics of RIF-PRD enjoys several features. Being based on ASP, it enables a straightforward integration with Logic Programming rule based technology, namely for reasoning and acting with ontologies. Then, its full declarative logical character facilitates the in- vestigation of formal properties of RIF-PRD itself. Furthermore, it turns out that our characterization based on ASP is flexible enough so that new conflict resolution semantics for RIF-PRD can easily be defined and encoded. Finally, it immediately serves as the declarative specification of an implementation, whose prototype we developed.