Monday, April 28, 2003

RDF and Topic Maps

Taking RDF and Topic Maps seriously - what happens when you drink the Kool Aid by Kent Fitch is an older piece (but new to me), 2002, but worth a look.
A great deal of attention has been focussed on the concept of the "Semantic Web". One of the core ideas behind the Semantic Web is the creation of machine-processable relationships between resource identifiers (URI's). Two often discussed ways of representing those relationships are RDF and Topic Maps.

This paper describes how the concepts and goals of Resource Description Framework (RDF) and Topic Maps influenced the design of the Australian Literature Gateway (AustLit) project.

There is some connection to FRBR as well.
AustLit is a bibliographic and biographic system that represents its core application data using a new model from the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) known as the Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Record (FRBR) model.

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