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RDF for XML People

From: Karl Dubost <karl@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 14 Jul 2004 20:56:09 -0400
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A good article to explain RDF with simplicity.

Cite: http://www.betaversion.org/~stefano/linotype/news/57/
Author: Stefano Mazzocchi

The Semantic Web has a serious problem: the XML people don't understand 

  They think it's an utterly complex way to write metadata that you can 
do with simple namespaces. The two worlds (despite being both hosted 
inside W3C) don't talk very much. Many (if not all) W3C folks are all 
in the RDF camp (and have been there for a while) and they see XML as a 
half-baked attempt to solve issues that RDF already solves. 
Unfortunately, not having been in the XML camp at all, they have no way 
to communicate with the other side.

The XML camp, on the other hand, thinks that they know how to build 
things that work, while the RDF people are all sitting in their ivory 
towers telling them that what they are doing is wrong, but without 
understanding their real-world needs.

  As it normally happens in a debate, both are right and both are wrong.

  I find myself sitting in a very lucky position: right in the middle of 
both camps and I talk to both of them.

So, this is a RDF guide for XML people. A much needed one, IMO.

Karl Dubost - http://www.w3.org/People/karl/
W3C Conformance Manager
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