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> >RDF and its triples is really lightweight when you have the
> right tools
> >to manipulate them. I like to think of them as a RDBMS whith
> a variable
> >geometry: each "row" (ie each subject) can have a variable number of
> >columns (properties). It's like a RDBMS which you could
> populate before
> >having writen any schema, that's really very flexible and
> it's just a
> >matter of using the right tool. When I use such a tool, I have a
> >feeling of RDBMS without its straitjacket :-) ...
> That's a very nice metaphor! Not wanting to steal your trade
> secrets, :-) but what are examples of "the right tool" here?
It also highlights the thing I haven't understood about RDF: in what way
is it supposed to be different from the "binary relational" data models
that have been lying around largely unimplemented for 30 years, except
for academic prototypes and a few interesting niche applications in
areas such as criminology?