Tuesday, December 20, 2005

RDF & OWL

An assessment of RDF/OWL modelling by Dave Reynolds, Carol Thompson, Jishnu Mukerji, and Derek Coleman is a recent HP Labs tech report.
The Semantic Web initiative offers a set of standards (RDF, RDFS and OWL) for the representation and exchange of information. We address the question of what sorts of modelling problems these standards can be most fruitfully applied to. What benefits can be gained from using them? What are the costs and trade-offs involved? We use some simplified examples drawn from work exploring the use of RDF/OWL within a systems management setting but the overall discussion should be relevant to a broad range of potential RDF/OWL applications. We do not assume in depth knowledge of the RDF and OWL standards and include a summary of their main features in order to make the discussion accessible.

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