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Discussion draft: RDF Description Services

From: Dan Brickley <danbri@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 23 Nov 1999 22:35:52 -0500 (EST)
To: www-rdf-interest@w3.org
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	RDF Description Services 
	RDF Interest Group Discussion Document, 23rd November 1999 
	Current Version: http://www.w3.org/1999/11/02-RDFServices/ 

Hi all,

Here's a first public snapshot of some ideas I've been toying with on
and off for a while, describing a simple RDF metadata bureau spec in the
PICS Label Bureau tradition.

The intention is to define something _extremely_ simple. Basic idea is
that an RDF Description Service can be exposed via http to allow queries such
as  http://fiction.w3.org/metabureau?{some_URI}
where {some_URI} is a URI identifier for any resource that server might be
able to describe. There will be many other richer and more interesting
interfaces to RDF databases in the future; in this document I wanted to do
two things. Firstly, make a start towards migrating the rest of the PICS
architecture (ie. PICS Label Bureaus) to the XML/RDF platform. Secondly,
to give a name to a common pattern for interacting with networked data
servers, and to provide a context for their description using RDF.

The document is far from finished but gives a reasonable outline of what I
have in mind. Feedback of any kind welcomed...



	This document describes an application of W3C's RDF, the Resource
	Description Framework, to support a broad range of queryable Description
	Services on the Web. The approach adopted here is in essence a
	generalisation of the PICS Label Distribution Label Syntax and
	Communication Protocols, and describes a simple abstract model that
	applies in a number of common scenarios. 
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