Re: Default Namespaces - why don't they apply to attributes?
Stefan Haustein wrote: > > Did you compare RDF to the serialization format included in SOAP? > I am still in doubt which to choose for my application. Let me answer the question without regard for healthcare specific needs. I've designed XMOP (http://www.openhealth.org/documents/XMOP.htm) to serialize objects. This format is similar to SOAP, but focusses on serialization of the entire object rather than making a single method call or property get/set. When the application is of primary importance, it is reasonable to store application state using something like SOAP or XMOP serialization formats. When the *data* is of primary importance, and the application is secondary, native XML documents are used for storage. Yes, the RDF syntax/serialization format can be used to store the data from semantic modelling applications, but RDF is also and more generally used as a layer on top of XML in order to define semantics. This is the idea of TimBL's semantic web and an important reason why RDF is a critical technology for the W3C. I happen to agree that a world where we could navigate through semantic space would be a better place. My main concern is that the RDF syntax may be too difficult to understand for average joe web developer and that a concrete business case does not yet exist for applications to use RDF, hence this semantic web may not soon get implemented. On the other hand, a semantically enabled global medical record might very well be the killer application that proves the benefits of the semantic web itself (aside from enabling more efficient internet shopping :-). Jonathan Borden http://www.openhealth.org
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