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Signing RDF Graphs

Carroll, Jeremy J.


Keyword(s): semantic web; digital signatures; RDF; graph isomorphism; canonicalization

Abstract: Assuming P<GI<NP, the creation and verification of a digital signature of an arbitrary RDF graph cannot be done in polynomial time. However, it is possible to define a large class of canonicalizable RDF graphs, such that digital signatures for graphs in this class can be created and verified in O (n log (n)). Without changing its meaning, an arbitrary RDF graph can be nondeterministically pre-canonicalized into a graph of this class, before signing. The techniques in this paper are key enablers for the use of digital signature technology in the Semantic Web.

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