A limitation of the containers described in Section 4.1 is that there is no way to close them, i.e., to say "these are all the members of the container". As noted in Section 4.1, a container only says that certain identified resources are members; it does not say that other members do not exist. Also, while one graph may describe some of the members, there is no way to exclude the possibility that there is another graph somewhere that describes additional members. [...] The end of the list is indicated by the rdf:rest property having as its object the resource rdf:nil (the resource rdf:nil represents the empty list, and is defined as being of type rdf:List). This structure will be familiar to those who know the Lisp programming language. As in Lisp, the rdf:first and rdf:rest properties allow applications to traverse the structure. Each of the blank nodes forming this list structure is implicitly of type rdf:List (that is, each of these nodes implicitly has an rdf:type property whose value is the predefined type rdf:List), although this is not explicitly shown in the graph.

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