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Re: RDF manipulation protocol?

From: Sergey Melnik <melnik@DB.Stanford.EDU>
Date: Mon, 15 Nov 1999 13:13:32 -0800
Message-ID: <3830777C.FE63F767@db.stanford.edu>
To: caro@Adobe.COM
CC: RDF Interest Group <www-rdf-interest@w3.org>
"Perry A. Caro" wrote:
> Will Sargent wrote:
> > I've been working on integrating bookmarks in Mozilla with a remote
> > database, so that users can have collaborative bookmarking.
> ...
> >I've gone with the second approach for now, but it strikes
> > me that the last thing the world needs is another hack protocol, and I'd be
> > interested in a better solution.
> I would suggest using WebDAV (though one might argue that it too is another
> hack protocol :-), which provides you with protocol for PUT, GET, DELETE,
> etc. of URLs, with locking.  You'll have to figure out how to map your
> bookmark datastructure into some hybrid of a URL tree and RDF data in WebDAV
> properties, but it seems feasible, and since the code is free and does 80%
> of what you want, its worth considering.

In my view, WebDAV-like approaches do not provide a future-proof
solution. I advocate for using a generic low-level transport mechanism
that allows exchanging RDF models as messages carrying well-defined
semantics. One advantage of such solution is extensibility. Furthermore,
if you need additional operations like "notify", "query", whatever, you
are not forced to fit them into PUT, GET etc. For more reasons, look at

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