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Re: RDF in 500 words

ayers word list
Danny here's some free advice.

Go build some apps that kick butt.

And forget about debates.

They don't matter.

That's less than 500 words.

I bet it's less than 100.

Have a nice day.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Danny Ayers" <danny666@v...>
To: "Xml-Dev" <xml-dev@l...>
Sent: Saturday, November 16, 2002 9:51 AM
Subject:  RDF in 500 words

> There are 6 key documents in the RDF suite, and just the Primer [1] now
> to 89 pages of A4. To counter allegations that RDF is altogether too
> heavy/complicated/difficult/wordy, I thought I try Andrew's 500 word
> challenge on it.
> --------------------------------
> In RDF, a resource is something that can be identified on the web, and a
> description is something said about a resource.
> Resources have a universal identifier, their URI, which in the case of web
> pages will be the same as their address (URL). Pretty much anything else
> (people, places, concepts) can be identified in this way by assigning
> Descriptions are made in RDF using statements. A statement has three
> the thing being described, the characteristic of interest and the value of
> that characteristic. For example, the thing being described might be a
> say "A Christmas Carol"  the characteristic of interest  (property) the
> author, and the value would be the name of the author, "Charles Dickens".
> RDF jargon these three parts are the subject, predicate and object, and
> together they form a triple. The subject is a resource, the predicate is a
> special kind of resource and the object can either be another resource or
> literal text.
> As a resources, the predicates are also unambiguously identified using
> but the same predicate can be reused - when we ask who the author of a
> is, we are asking the same question whichever book we are talking about or
> whoever happens to be the author. If we want to say more about a
> book, we can use its identifier in another statement with a different
> predicate (property) and object (value). The basic nature of resources and
> predicates are defined with the help of a small set of terms in the RDF
> specifications. This set of terms allows us to give more information in
> descriptions, so we could define a classification 'paperback' and say that
> this is a kind of book. The class 'book' would in turn be described as a
> kind of resource.
> In this example we have identified the author by the text of their name,
> usually it is more useful to use a URI as that will be unambiguous, and
> allow us to say things about the author as well.  So we could have another
> statement that says that this author's favourite colour is blue. Our
> knowledge can be expressed as these two statements, but as the author is a
> common feature in this we can visualise the knowledge as the three
> linked by the connection from the book to the author and from the author
> the colour blue. This structure is an example of an RDF graph. There may
> other resources that we can link in as well, like books by the same author
> or the book's publisher.
> It  isn't entirely always necessary or even possible to identify
> Let's say we have identified the book and the colour blue. We can still
> two statements,   "A Christmas Carol" was written by X,  and the X's
> favourite colour is blue. This can still be visualised as a graph with
> items and two connections, and in the jargon X is known as a blank node.
> seeAlso: http://w3.org/RDF
> -----------------------------------
> Cheers,
> Danny.
> [1] http://www.w3.org/TR/2002/WD-rdf-primer-20021111/
> -----------
> Danny Ayers
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> http://www.citnames.com/blog
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