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[Fwd: New Intro to RDF]

From: Shadi Abou-Zahra <shadi@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 05 Oct 2005 10:53:17 +0200
Message-ID: <4343947D.9040602@w3.org>
To: public-wai-ert@w3.org


FYI, another introduction to RDF. Also see the thread of responses, it contains some good insights into the topic:


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Subject: New Intro to RDF
Resent-Date: Mon, 03 Oct 2005 22:22:45 +0000
Resent-From: semantic-web@w3.org
Date: Mon, 03 Oct 2005 18:22:07 -0400
From: Joshua Tauberer <tauberer@for.net>
To: 'SWIG' <semantic-web@w3.org>


As probably everyone on the list knows, there's a lot of negative 
opinions of RDF out there, and it seems like some of this stems from a 
confusion of RDF the XML format and RDF the general method for 
expressing knowledge.  But, I haven't come across a deep explanation of 
what RDF-the-method is that we can point people to so they know there's 
more to RDF than the serialization format.

I know such a document may very well exist, but I figured I would take a 
stab at writing one myself.  (If it has no value for anyone else, at 
least I gained a deeper understand of RDF by writing it :-).  What I 
wrote is posted at:


The goal was to introduce RDF from the beginning, show why it's useful 
for modeling knowledge in a distributed way, and to give a basic 
presentation of RDFS and OWL.

It's long for an introduction as I tried to be as explicit as possible 
about what defines RDF (at least in my understanding of RDF).  A shorter 
to-the-point version could be synthesized from this.

Comments welcome, especially if you think it was worth the time writing.  :)

- Joshua Tauberer


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