The beginning of this section noted that aggregate structures, like John Smith's address, can be represented by considering the aggregate thing to be described as a separate resource, and then making statements about that new resource. This example illustrates an important aspect of RDF: RDF directly represents only binary relationships, e.g. the relationship between John Smith and the literal representing his address. Representing the relationship between John and the group of separate components of this address involves dealing with an n-ary (n-way) relationship (in this case, n=5) between John and the street, city, state, and postal code components. In order to represent such structures directly in RDF (e.g., considering the address as a group of street, city, state, and postal code components), this n-way relationship must be broken up into a group of separate binary relationships. Blank nodes provide one way to do this.

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