Re: URL +1, LSID -1

On 7/10/07, Michel_Dumontier <> wrote:
> Unfortunately, this again demonstrates the problem in which the
> identifier for a biological entity - say mitochondrial Aspartate
> aminotransferase resolves to a nicely formatted HTML page. What if I
> have a semantic web application in which I would like to retrieve more
> information about this resource? Since the document is not an RDF
> document with machine understandable statements about it, it seems that
> my application wouldn't be able to learn anything more about

A document CAN be both an RDF document and a "nice" HTML document. One
method for doing this is XML stylesheets (e.g. ). Another method is
RDFa (  A third is the use of
meta links in the HTML header (I am not very familiar with this - and
I know it is very limited - so don't shoot me for mentioning it).

Yes, RDFa is not well deployed, but in my opinion it is such a good
idea that it will be deployed. Most browsers are able to ignore the
RDF, and some RDF consumers such as Jena already understand it.


Received on Wednesday, 11 July 2007 13:45:45 UTC