Practical RDF

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The Resource Description Framework (RDF) is a structure for describing and interchanging metadata on the Web—anything from library catalogs and worldwide directories to bioinformatics, Mozilla internal data structures, and knowledge bases for artificial intelligence projects. RDF provides a consistent framework and syntax for describing and querying data, making it possible to share website descriptions more easily. RDF's capabilities, however, have long been shrouded by its reputation for complexity and a ...

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Overview

The Resource Description Framework (RDF) is a structure for describing and interchanging metadata on the Web—anything from library catalogs and worldwide directories to bioinformatics, Mozilla internal data structures, and knowledge bases for artificial intelligence projects. RDF provides a consistent framework and syntax for describing and querying data, making it possible to share website descriptions more easily. RDF's capabilities, however, have long been shrouded by its reputation for complexity and a difficult family of specifications. Practical RDF breaks through this reputation with immediate and solvable problems to help you understand, master, and implement RDF solutions.Practical RDF explains RDF from the ground up, providing real-world examples and descriptions of how the technology is being used in applications like Mozilla, FOAF, and Chandler, as well as infrastructure you can use to build your own applications. This book cuts to the heart of the W3C's often obscure specifications, giving you tools to apply RDF successfully in your own projects.The first part of the book focuses on the RDF specifications. After an introduction to RDF, the book covers the RDF specification documents themselves, including RDF Semantics and Concepts and Abstract Model specifications, RDF constructs, and the RDF Schema. The second section focuses on programming language support, and the tools and utilities that allow developers to review, edit, parse, store, and manipulate RDF/XML. Subsequent sections focus on RDF's data roots, programming and framework support, and practical implementation and use of RDF and RDF/XML.If you want to know how to apply RDF to information processing, Practical RDF is for you. Whether your interests lie in large-scale information aggregation and analysis or in smaller-scale projects like weblog syndication, this book will provide you with a solid foundation for working with RDF.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596002633
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/1/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 1,108,445
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.16 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Shelley Powers is an independent contractor, currently living in St. Louis, who specializes in technology architecture and software development. She's authored several computer books, including Developing ASP Components, Unix Power Tools 3rd edition, Essential Blogging, and Practical RDF. In addition, Shelley has also written several articles related primarily to web technology, many for O'Reilly. Shelley's web site network is at http://burningbird.net, and her weblog is Burningbird, at http://weblog.burningbird.net.

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Table of Contents

Preface

Chapter 1: RDF: An Introduction

Chapter 2: RDF: Heart and Soul

Chapter 3: The Basic Elements Within the RDF/XML Syntax

Chapter 4: Specialized RDF Relationships: Reification, Containers, and Collections

Chapter 5: Important Concepts from the W3C RDF Vocabulary/Schema

Chapter 6: Creating an RDF Vocabulary

Chapter 7: Editing, Parsing, and Browsing RDF/XML

Chapter 8: Jena: RDF in Java

Chapter 9: RDF and Perl, PHP, and Python

Chapter 10: Querying RDF: RDF as Data

Chapter 11: A Brief Look at Additional RDF Application Environments

Chapter 12: Ontologies: RDF Business Models

Chapter 13: Subscription and Aggregation with RSS

Chapter 14: A World of Uses: Noncommercial Applications Based on RDF

Chapter 15: A World of Uses: Commercial Uses of RDF/XML

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