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Re: a questioin on use of RDF

From: Johan Hjelm <hjelm@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 28 Sep 1999 21:45:21 +0200
Message-Id: <4.1.19990928214449.00a42c80@>
To: "Sankar Virdhagriswaran" <sv@crystaliz.com>
Cc: <www-rdf-interest@w3.org>
You know of course that VCard can be expressed in RDF. Maybe this could be
an extension of this in some way?


At 09:21 1999-09-24 -0400, Sankar Virdhagriswaran wrote:
>This list has been extremely quiet, so I thought I would send some thing to
>see if there are people out there who are listening and want to do some
>thing with RDF.
>I wanted to think about a simple application for RDF that spreads through a
>volunteer effort that is similar to that which saw "robot.txt" become the
>default standard for crawling. So, my objective is to figure out the
>simplest RDF description that would have a chance of getting adopted widely.
>I am also trying to see what kind of meta-data is really semantically
>The problem I would like to address is the meta-data description about a
>site (yes, I do mean site - not a page nor the structure of the web site --
>we can go there later, but KISS is what I am going after). I want to have
>individuals, companies, organizations, etc. describe some thing about
>themselves in an RDF description. An individual can think of it as his/her
>business card. A corporation or private organization can think of it as the
>information they file to a governmental body when they get incorporated. A
>Governmental institution can think of it in a similar fashion. Maybe a
>semantic search engine will then index sites based on the information
>provided in these "Calling cards".
>So, if we can come up with a RDF description for such a beast and if folks
>begin to adopt it (we are leveraging what people do already), then we would
>have made a small step towards semantic web, but a large step for the Web.
>What do folks think? Maybe some body else have thought about this idea.

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