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1. RDF: An Introduction

Chapter 1. RDF: An Introduction

The Resource Description Framework (RDF) is an extremely flexible technology, capable of addressing a wide variety of problems. Because of its enormous breadth, people often come to RDF thinking that it’s one thing and find later that it’s much more. One of my favorite parables is about the blind people and the elephant. If you haven’t heard it, the story goes that six blind people were asked to identify what an elephant looked like from touch. One felt the tusk and thought the elephant was like a spear; another felt the trunk and thought the elephant was like a snake; another felt a leg and thought the elephant was like a tree; and so on, each basing his definition of an elephant on his own unique e....


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