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W3C RDF page updated

From: Dan Brickley <danbri@w3.org>
Date: Mon, 10 Apr 2000 16:03:08 -0400 (EDT)
To: www-rdf-interest@w3.org
cc: D.J.Beckett@ukc.ac.uk, swick@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.20.0004101524180.12389-100000@tux.w3.org>


Ralph and I have made a few changes to http://www.w3.org/RDF/

Nothing too dramatic, but an improvement I think.  Added some more RDF
parser links (now listed separately for clarity), some more overview
documents (including the recent tutorial and API discussion docs), a
timeline, and various other links. While I doubt
we'll ever be comprehensive at http://www.w3.org/RDF/ I'm keen to track 
at least any opensource RDF tools that consume/manage/parse RDF. There are
a few more things I should add that people have mailed me already; if
you've not done so but think it'd be useful for http://www.w3.org/RDF/ to
point to, do please send me a pointer and description.

Lots of other stuff I nearly added (API, Query Language work etc) but I'll
put these on the RDF IG page instead where they can grow more easily...

I've also been talking with Dave Beckett, maintainer of the somewhat
longer guide at http://www.cs.ukc.ac.uk/people/staff/djb1/research/metadata/rdf.shtml
and editor for the Open Directory RDF section. We've been wondering
about ways to use RDF to manage our various RDF resource guides. For now,
W3C's http://www.w3.org/RDF/ will remain hand crafted. However there are
many RDF-related documents out there that we don't list on the RDF home page,
and Dave and I were wondering about maintaining a database of these in
RDF to compliment the hand-crafted home page.

I'd be interested to hear from anyone who has bright ideas about how we
might make sharing of RDF-related Web resources easier.
Before taking on http://www.w3.org/RDF/ I did make an attempt at a small
database of RDF resources, still available from the RDF-DEV pages at
and with a crude RDF export bolted on at

There are a lot of ingredients here that we need to integrate better. RDF
home page. Other RDF guides. External databases of useful links (RDF-DEV
database; Open Directory). Weblogs. RSS news feeds. Summaries of RDF IG
posts (eg. from Stefan Decker and others). While we're keen to do a better
job making http://www.w3.org/RDF/ a helpful gateway to RDF resources,
we're also keen to find ways of spreading the workload...

One aspect of the problem is that many relevant Web resources aren't
explicitly targetted at RDF. For example, the GraphViz tools from AT&T
didn't target RDF (or even XML) specifically, but still turned out to be
really handy for visualising RDF data. Similarly, Stanford's LORE
database[1] doesn't target RDF, instead choosing to treat _all_ XML data
as having a directed labeled graph structure. AT&T's Strudel [2] is similarly 
interesting. The problem is that there's a wealth of stuff out there that
makes the life of an RDF developer easier. I'd like to find a recipe for
sharing these links without weighing down the RDF home page. Suggestions

[1] http://www-db.stanford.edu/lore/
[2] http://www.research.att.com/~mff/strudel/

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