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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 -



Tom P


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