Updated RDF intro document

A long time ago (end of 2005) I wrote an introductory document to RDF 
which I posted about here. Encouraged by the feedback, I expanded on it 
in 2006, and most recently this month I clarified and expanded on the 
serialization formats section and added brief sections on Linked Data 
and SPARQL. I'm writing here just to announce the updates.


This is an introduction to RDF (“Resource Description Framework”), which 
is the standard for encoding metadata and other knowledge on the 
Semantic Web. In the Semantic Web, computer applications make use of 
structured information spread in a distributed and decentralized way 
throughout the current web. RDF is an abstract model, a way to break 
down knowledge into discrete pieces, and while it is most popularly 
known for its RDF/XML syntax, RDF can be stored in a variety of formats. 
This article discusses the abstract RDF model, two concrete 
serialization formats, how RDF is used and how it differs from plain 
XML, higher-level RDF semantics, best practices for deployment, and 
querying RDF data sources.


- Josh Tauberer


"Yields falsehood when preceded by its quotation!  Yields
falsehood when preceded by its quotation!" Achilles to
Tortoise (in "Gödel, Escher, Bach" by Douglas Hofstadter)

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