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Re: How to integrate semantic web in a real application

From: Richard Cyganiak <richard@cyganiak.de>
Date: Thu, 1 Dec 2005 23:59:47 +0100
Message-Id: <49D126D8-09B3-4BF2-A6DE-57CACFFE5CA4@cyganiak.de>
Cc: semantic-web@w3.org
To: Fabien Schwob <skink@evhr.net>

Hi Fabien,

Here are a few general stories for why you'd want to use RDF in some  

1. You want to decentralize data in a way that no single party "owns"  
all the data (think FOAF vs. the big social networking silos)

2. You want to integrate data from different sources without custom  

3. You want to offer your data for re-use by other parties

4. You want to do something fancy with large amounts of data (browse,  
query, match, input, extract, ...), so you develop (or re-use) a  
generic tool that allows you to do this on top of the RDF data model  
(which has the advantage of not being tied to a proprietary data  
storage/representation technology, like a certain database dialect).

(These are more about plain RDF(S) than OWL.)

Anybody got other good ones?


On 1 Dec 2005, at 19:37, Fabien Schwob wrote:

> Hello,
> I'm quite interested in the web semantic and I have already tried  
> to used each part of it (OWL, XML, RDF) independently. But now, I  
> would like to go a little further. My goal is to integrate the  
> semantic web in a new web site I'm developing.
> The project is a small web site which make a list of video games  
> players and allow the user to search them with various criteria.  
> How can I do that ? I've tried to think about it but it's not very  
> clear in my mind. Here is some of the ideas I've found :
> - Modeling the domain using OWL : what is a constructor, what is a  
> game, what is a game type, etc. But what can I do with this file ?  
> Making query : it's really like a DB, so what's the advantage of  
> using OWL ?
> - Using FOAF to publish the link between the users ? It's a little  
> simple.
> So, have you some ideas to resolve my problem ?
> Thanks in advance.
> -- 
> Fabien SCHWOB
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