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数据实化涉及在形式规范（英语：formal specification）中找到抽象数据类型的更为具体的表示。 例如，抽象数据类型集合（set）可以用map或者array来实化。
概念建模（英语：Conceptual model (computer science)）中广泛使用了实化。实化一个关系（relationship）意味着把它视作一个实体。实化一个关系的目的是令其显式，必要时可以增加额外的信息。例如，关系
与其密切相关的用法见实化 (知识表示)（英语：Reification (knowledge representation)）。
In Semantic Web languages, such as Resource Description Framework (RDF) and Web Ontology Language (OWL), a statement is a binary relation. It is used to link two individuals or an individual and a value. Applications sometimes need to describe other RDF statements, for instance, to record information like when statements were made, or who made them, which is sometimes called "provenance" information. As an example, we may want to represent properties of a relation, such as our certainty about it, severity or strength of a relation, relevance of a relation, and so on.
The example from the conceptual modeling section describes a particular person with
URIref person:p1, who is a member of the
committee:c1. The RDF triple from that description is
person:p1 committee:isMemberOf committee:c1 .
Consider to store two further facts: (i) to record who nominated this particular person to this committee (a statement about the membership itself), and (ii) to record who added the fact to the database (a statement about the statement).
The first case is a case of classical reification like above in UML: reify the membership and store its attributes and roles etc.:
committee:Membership rdf:type owl:Class . committee:membership12345 rdf:type committee:Membership . committee:membership12345 committee:ofPerson person:p1 . committee:membership12345 committee:inCommittee committee:c1 . person:p2 committee:nominated committee:membership12345 .
Additionally, RDF provides a built-in vocabulary intended for describing RDF statements. A description of a statement using this vocabulary is called a reification of the statement. The RDF reification vocabulary consists of the type
rdf:Statement, and the properties
Using the reification vocabulary, a reification of the statement about the person's membership would be given by assigning the statement a URIref such as
committee:membership12345 so that describing statements can be written as follows:
committee:membership12345Stat rdf:type rdf:Statement . committee:membership12345Stat rdf:subject person:p1 . committee:membership12345Stat rdf:predicate committee:isMemberOf . committee:membership12345Stat rdf:object committee:c1 .
These statements say that the resource identified by the
URIref committee:membership12345Stat is an RDF statement, that the subject of the statement refers to the resource identified by
person:p1, the predicate of the statement refers to the resource identified by
committee:isMemberOf, and the object of the statement refers to the resource
committee:c1. Assuming that the original statement is actually identified by
committee:membership12345, it should be clear by comparing the original statement with the reification that the reification actually does describe it. The conventional use of the RDF reification vocabulary always involves describing a statement using four statements in this pattern. Therefore, they are sometimes referred to as the "reification quad".
Using reification according to this convention, we could record the fact that
person:p3 added the statement to thedatabase by
person:p3 committee:addedToDatabase committee:membership12345Stat .
It is important to note that in the conventional use of reification, the subject of the reification triples is assumed to identify a particular instance of a triple in a particular RDF document, rather than some arbitrary triple having the same subject, predicate, and object. This particular convention is used because reification is intended for expressing properties such as dates of composition and source information, as in the examples given already, and these properties need to be applied to specific instances of triples. Note that the described triple
(subject predicate object) itself is not implied by such a reification quad (and it is not necessary that it actually exists in the database). This allows also to use this mechanism to express which triples do not hold.
The power of the reification vocabulary in RDF is restricted by the lack of a built-in means for assigning URIrefs to statements, so in order to express "provenance" information of this kind in RDF, one has to use some mechanism (outside of RDF) to assign URIs to individual RDF statements, then make further statements about those individual statements, using their URIs to identify them.
In an XML Topic Map (XTM), only a topic can have a name or play a role in an association. One may use an association to make an assertion about a topic, but one cannot directly make assertions about that assertion. However, it is possible to create a topic that reifies a non-topic construct in a map, thus enabling the association to be named and treated as a topic itself.
In Semantic Web languages, such as RDF and OWL, a property is a binary relation used to link two individuals or an individual and a value. However, in some cases, the natural and convenient way to represent certain concepts is to use relations to link an individual to more than just one individual or value. These relations are called n-ary relations. Examples are representing relations among multiple individuals, such as a committee, a person who is a committee member and another person who has nominated the first person to become the committee member, or a buyer, a seller, and an object that was bought when describing a purchase of a book.
A more general approach to reification is to create an explicit new class and n new properties to represent an n-ary relation, making an instance of the relation linking the n individuals an instance of this class. This approach can also be used to represent provenance information and other properties for an individual relation instance.
:p1 a :Person ; :has_membership _:membership_12345 ._:membership_12345 a :Membership ; :committee :c1; :nominated_by :p2 .
It is also important to note that the reification described here is not the same as "quotation" found in other languages. Instead, the reification describes the relationship between a particular instance of a triple and the resources the triple refers to. The reification can be read intuitively as saying "this RDF triple talks about these things", rather than (as in quotation) "this RDF triple has this form." For instance, in the reification example used in this section, the triple:
committee:membership12345 rdf:subject person:p1 .
rdf:subject of the original statement says that the subject of the statement is the resource (the person) identified by the URIref
person:p1. It does not state that the subject of the statement is the URIref itself (i.e., a string beginning with certain characters), as quotation would.