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Bullard, Claude L (Len) wrote:
> Ever try to query a database for which you have no schema?
> Think of hooking up an ad hoc query generator to a distant
> database that changes from time to time, might be in a different
> natural language, and so forth. Metadata starts to look very
> appealing to the human. Sometimes you don't want a list of
> URIs back; you want a report.
One thing that is working its way up to daylight is a standardized way
(or ways) to ask an RDF server to cough up all the information it knows
about a given subject. This gives you a starting point for exploring
the remote and possibly distributed data store without having to just
get a dump (which might end up being huge). It's actually quite
feasible today. See URIQA, for example, which was worked out by Patrick
Stickler of Nokia -