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   Re: [xml-dev] struggling to learn RDF ..

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Bill de hÓra wrote:
>> Also can someone suggest a good book on the subject, the O'Reilly 
>> "Practical RDF" is practicaly unreadable.
> I didn't find that when I read it. Despite what some people say, RDF can 
> be conceptually difficult subject matter; perhaps the problem was you're 
> just getting to grips with the stuff.

i found myself getting very frustrated trying to read this. Believe me, 
i don't like to slag off books, esp those from the great O'Reilly, but i 
took this one on three separate trans-atlantic trips and didn't grok a 
single thing. At first i blamed myself for not being clever enough, but 
really it's the book's fault if it doesn't help me 'get it'. I was 
hoping for a "Dive into RDF" when maybe i really needed a 'Learning 
RDF'. It's a shame, because Shelly seems like such a good egg from her 
blog. Ho hum.

> Stefano Mazzocchi has started a series:
> http://www.betaversion.org/~stefano/linotype/news/57/
> http://www.betaversion.org/~stefano/linotype/news/78/

They look good.

i think i've also gained a certain amount of understanding using with 
Mark Nottingham's Python Sparta API[1] to build some relationships and 
importing the generated RDF/XML into Gravity[2].

As a result i'm more ready to ask some more specific questions on 
ww-rdf-interest@w3.org which seems to be more active than 

Thanks all!

Paul Downey

[1] http://www.mnot.net/blog/2004/08/21/sparta
[2] http://semweb.salzburgresearch.at/apps/rdf-gravity/


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