Subject Listing for Architectural Issues


Axioms of Web Architecture 3: Metadata Architecture (Documents, Metadata and Links)

Description:
This informal discussion document by Tim Berners-Lee provides an outline of the role played by metadata and RDF in the broader Web architecture. Metadata was called "Metadata" because it started life, and is currently still chiefly, information about web resources, so data about data. In the future, when the metadata languages and engines are more developed, it should also form a strong basis for a web of machine understandable information about anything: about the people, things, concepts and ideas. We keep this fact in our minds in the design, even though the first step is to make a system for information about information."

Subject keywords:
W3C; RDF; metadata; architecture;

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Innovators of the Net: Ramanathan V. Guha and RDF

Description:
An interesting (despite being marketing-driven) piece from Netscape featuring an interview with R.V.Guha, giving some background on the motivations behind RDF and related metadata architectures like MCF, including an overview of the various applications Netscape are using RDF for.

Subject keywords:
RDF; MCF; history; Cyc; smart browsing; Alexa; marketing; Marc Andreessen; R.V.Guha; Open Directory

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rdfapps arch

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W3C Data Formats

Description:
The 'W3C Data Formats' document is a response to a frequently asked question about the relationship between the various specifications for data formats. "XML is becoming increasingly adopted as a common syntax for expressing structure in data. Now the resource Description Framework (RDF), a layer on top of XML, provides a common basis for expressing semantics. Applications which allow programs to combine data logically will be built using RDF (and therefor XML) and this will enhance the modularity and extensibility of the Web. This is essential to its rapid future growth, multiplying together the strengths of new, independently developed, applications. "

Subject keywords:
XML; RDF; PICS; P3P; architecture;

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