Re: RDFa vs RDF/XML and content negotiation

Thank you for the excellent questions, Bill.

Right now IMHO the best bet is probably just to pick whichever format
you are most comfortable with (yup "it depends") and use that as the
single source, transforming perhaps with scripts to generate the
alternate representations for conneg.

As far as I'm aware we don't yet have an easy templating engine for
RDFa, so I suspect having that as the source is probably a good choice
for typical Web applications.

As mentioned already GRDDL is available for transforming on the fly,
though I'm not sure of the level of client engine support at present.
Ditto providing a SPARQL endpoint is another way of maximising the
surface area of the data.

But the key step has clearly been taken, that decision to publish data
directly without needing the human element to interpret it.

I claim *win* for the Semantic Web, even if it'll still be a few years
before we see applications exploiting it in a way that provides real
benefit for the end user.

my 2 cents.


Received on Wednesday, 24 June 2009 07:21:48 UTC