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Re: RDF API 1.0 Draft / signing RDF content

From: Danny Ayers <Danny.Ayers@highpeak.ac.uk>
Date: Wed, 08 Dec 1999 10:18:36 +0000
Message-ID: <384E307C.E9C2162B@highpeak.ac.uk>
To: "www-rdf-interest@w3.org" <www-rdf-interest@w3.org>
Hi Rob,

I may be wrong in my reading of RDF, but I believe I have to question
the validity of a couple of your statements :

> In relation to databases I write 'RDF' between quotes because RDF is a
> serialization syntax, meant to be used in documents (temporary (messages)
> or persistent) and not in databases.

I would question the "...meant to be..." part of this, as although the
serialization syntax is important, this is only a practical way of
communicating information that is described in terms of the RDF model.
The format is not the model.
Data using this model of nodes, attributes and arcs could surely be held
in a database (given appropriate structuring) as easily as in a

> Large RDF documents are an improper way of simulating databases. This
> remark refers to the RDF/WordNet discussion.

Though perhaps improper for simulating databases, RDF as a general
metadata framework is highly proper for providing a consistent
information exchange mechanism within a system. I am interested in the
fact that it would be possible to use the same basic interface to handle
different types of data - the data contained in the Open Dir being one
such, the metadata of human language as contained in WordNet being

> I really appreciate your work on the RDF API.



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