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   RE: "RDF + Topic Maps" = The Future

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  • From: Michel Biezunski <mb@infoloom.com>
  • To: Eric van der Vlist <vdv@dyomedea.com>,Jonathan Borden <jborden@mediaone.net>
  • Date: Fri, 15 Dec 2000 17:26:34 +0100

There is an ongoing initiative that has been started at
the Extreme Markup Conference in Montreal last August which
is bringing together the authors of the two standards, RDF and
Topic Maps, and which aims at producing a unique specification
which will articulate both approaches.

We are optimistic that we'll get something work but it takes some time to
figure out the details of it. It is still too early for
us to publish something concrete about this work, but I wanted to let
you know that we are doing it.

The discussion on these aspects is important to us, because it gives
us input about what users of the two specs are looking for.

Michel Biezunski, co-editor of ISO 13250(Topic Maps) and of
XTM(TopicMaps.org's XML Topic Maps).
Michel Biezunski, InfoLoom
Tel +33 1 44 59 84 29 Cell +33 6 03 99 25 29
Email: mb@infoloom.com  Web: www.infoloom.com

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Eric van der Vlist [mailto:vdv@dyomedea.com]
> Sent: December 15, 2000 5:21 PM
> To: Jonathan Borden
> Cc: Martin Bryan; lisarein@finetuning.com; xmldev
> Subject: Re: "RDF + Topic Maps" = The Future
> Jonathan Borden wrote:
> >
> >     Remember that raw RDF is a generic and low level mechanism for
> > representing statement triples (predicate,subject,object) where the
> > predicate and subject are resources and the object is a
> resource or literal.
> Just to add my 0,02 Euros to what Jonathan is saying, it is probably
> over simplistic, but I tend to see RDF as a XML generic syntax to
> describe statements and Topic Maps as one of the applications that could
> have used this syntax even though it is currently following its own
> path.
> I feel therefore confused by a discussion that sounds somewhat similar
> to discussing if one should live in a house or in a set of bricks :=)
> ....
> Eric
> --
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> Eric van der Vlist       Dyomedea                    http://dyomedea.com
> http://xmlfr.org         http://4xt.org              http://ducotede.com
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