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Re: Attaching (embedding?) RDF

From: Damian Steer <pldms@mac.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2003 12:19:26 +0000
To: Martin May <maym@foobar.lu>
Cc: www-rdf-interest@w3.org
Message-ID: <m2r80x7dwx.fsf@evila.danbri.org>

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Martin May <maym@foobar.lu> writes:

> I would like to attach RDF metadata to files. So far I have identified
> the following options for doing so, all of which have drawbacks:
>

> 4. create an archive file which groups the file and its metadata
> (e.g. jar)
>

One option you didn't mention, related to 4, is to put the rdf
together with the data in the file, which some filesytems support. HFS
and HFS+ on the Mac have two parts to a file - the data fork (what one
normally thinks of as the content) and the resource fork (arbtrary
collection of things like icons, etc). Similarly NTFS has streams,
although only viruses seem to use them IME, and Reiser 4 has something
like this, IIRC. No doubt there are other examples.

These features were implemented to facilitate exactly the behaviour
you want, associating metadata with inodes, but I appreciate that it
might not be a practical solution for you. Just thought it was worth
mentioning.

Damian
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