Monday, February 08, 2010

RDF, COinS and Microformats

At the closing session of Electronic Resources and Libraries 2010 I had the chance to ask Ross Singer and John Blyberg about the place of microformats and COinS in information organization. Ross had just finished speaking about the importance of linked data. As I recall John said that microformats, COinS and other semantic markup is important even if it lacks links. Providing a machine readable understanding of a text string is good, it can lead to links. Ross said, without links markup is useful today but not a way to move forward. It is a tool for today but not the future. RDFa is the way forward.

The talk was the end of an excellent conference. Well worth attending.

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