David Madore's WebLog: I am now an RDF property

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(Friday) · Assumption

I am now an RDF property

Upon deciding that I would write an RSS feed for this site, and consider the possibility of using Web annotations to provide 'blog talkback (which, incidentally, seems completely unrealistic after further examination, given the present level of support of Web annotations on the client side), I endeavored to learn some more about RDF, which forms the basis of the semantic Web. I had previously learned something about RDF, but many things still escaped me, and I now understand it much better.

To illustrate it all, I “incarnated” myself as an RDF resource: http://www.eleves.ens.fr:8080/home/madore/meta.rdf#dmadore (don't expect anything remarkable, or indeed anything even remotely interesting, to happen if you follow this link—most probably your browser won't know what to make of the file; maybe this link will be of greater interest). Ideally I would like to convert all of my personal information page in RDF, but I don't think I'll be patient enough to do this. But if for some reason you wanted to say something about me in RDF language, the correct way to refer to me would be the URL I just gave.

Update: Just as I finish writing this, Garoo points me to the FOAF project, a kind of Friendster-alike (see my previous entry concerning Friendster) except that it works in a distributed (non-centralized) fashion, with self-provided RDF descriptions. So I definitely have to look into this.

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