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1. RDF: An Introduction > 1.4. Some Uses of RDF/XML

Some Uses of RDF/XML

The first time I saw RDF/XML was when it was used to define the table of contents (TOC) structures within Mozilla, when Mozilla was first being implemented. Since then, I’ve been both surprised and pleased at how many implementations of RDF and RDF/XML exist.

One of the primary users of RDF/XML is the W3C itself, in its effort to define a Web Ontology Language based on RDF/XML. Being primarily a data person and not a specialist in markup, I wasn’t familiar with some of the concepts associated with RDF when I first started exploring its use and meaning. For instance, there were references to ontology again and again, and since my previous exposure to this word had to do with biology, I was a bit baffled. However, ontology in the sense of RDF and the Semantic Web is, according to dictionary.com, “An explicit formal specification of how to represent the objects, concepts and other entities that are assumed to exist in some area of interest and the relationships that hold among them.”


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