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14. A World of Uses: Noncommercial Appli... > 14.4. FOAF: Friend-of-a-Friend

FOAF: Friend-of-a-Friend

For use of RDF to become widespread, its growth must occur in two directions: through use in sophisticated commercial applications such as those detailed in the next chapter, and through small, friendly, easy-to-use, and open source applications such as FOAF — Friend-of-a-Friend.

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You can find out more about FOAF at the its main web site at http://rdfweb.org/foaf/. In addition, an FOAF Wiki is at http://rdfweb.org/rweb/wiki/wiki.pl?FoafVocab. The RDF Schema for FOAF is at http://xmlns.com/foaf/0.1/. A mailing list for interested persons can be found at http://rdfweb.org/pipermail/rdfweb-dev/.

FOAF is a way of providing affiliation and other social information about yourself; it’s also a way of describing a network of friends and others we know for one reason or another, in such a way that automated processes such as web bots can find this information and incorporate it with other FOAF files. The data is combined in a social network literally based on one predicate: knows.


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