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Practical RDF

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Practical RDF

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Practical RDF by Shelley Powers ISBN: 0-596-00263-7 Published: 2003 Pages: 350 pp.; softcover Price: $39.95 Available from: O'Reilly & Associates, Inc., 1005 Gravenstein Highway N., Sebastopol, CA 95472; 800/998-9938 or 707/827-7000; www.oreilly.com

If you don't know what RDF stands for, skip this book. It is an intermediate-level book designed for those ready to implement RDF solutions, whether for large-scale information aggregation or smaller projects such as Weblog syndication.

The Resource Description Framework (RDF) is a structure for describing and interchanging metadata on the Web. Dublin Core can be considered a child of RDF, as both are compatible specifications. RDF is a way to describe the model of metadata interchange, while Dublin Core defines the elements.

The first part of the book contains an introduction to RDF and details of the specification documents, including a historical perspective of how RDF came about. This includes relating RDF to XML and describing the basic elements required in the RDF syntax specifications. …

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