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Organizing RDF files

From: Marjolein Katsma <wkf1s1l9yfpruqn001@sneakemail.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Jan 2003 13:21:57 +0100
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Hi All,

This is more a practical question than a question about RDF per se, but I think it might still be interesting for this list. (If not, just ignore this question or reply off-list.)

It's easy to see that once you're starting to describe a lot of things, the number of RDF files grows with the number of things described, too - maybe even faster. I'm trying to think of a good way to organize mine (before I find I need to re-organize them because I didn't think beforehand :)) so I wonder how others are doing this.

One approach might be to store RDF files with the "things" they describe; but that would break down when you're describing relationships between things that themselves are in different places. So - I think I want to keep all RDF files in a separate location.

But then - I'll have an RDF file describing a catalog of products, RDF files describing products or versions of products, RDF files describing  distribution packages... I could organize them in a tree of directories according to their purpose, or I could have themall in a single directory and devise a naming scheme that would (for instance) tell me whether an RDF file is for a product version (describing what it _is_) or for a distribution package for that same product version (describing what it contains - and there could be several distriibutions for a single product version). I'm simplifying, of course :)

Now I could just pick a method to organize the files and stick with it but I'd be interested in hearing how others do it - I reckon I could learn from others who've been through this process already. And maybe people use different methods so it would be interesting to hear why they use one, and not another, approach, and others just the opposite.

So: how do you organize a (growing) bunch of RDF files - and why do you do it that way? Does it depend on th eapplication (what you're using the RDF files for) or is it just an organization method you prefer ingeneral?

Oh - and maybe I should also ask: do you use RDF to describe how you organize your RDF files? ;-)
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