[tdwg-content] What RDF is (Was Re: Idea for Discussion, Differentiating between "type's" of identifiers)
arlin at umd.edu
Wed Oct 6 19:50:39 CEST 2010
This is a very important discussion to be having, whatever list is used.
In fact, I was going to bring this discussion to the attention of
colleagues who are not on the list, but I find that the tdwg-content
list archive here:
has no content after Sept 11, 2010. The same is true for tdwg-tag.
The discussion is going to go down the memory hole if this doesn't get
On Oct 6, 2010, at 11:45 AM, Markus Döring wrote:
> I am wondering if this discussion and similar rdf, lsid topics
> should continue on tdwg-tag rather than tdwg-content.
> We might bore quite a few people...
> On Oct 6, 2010, at 17:13, Peter DeVries wrote:
>> Some people might find the N3 serialization useful.
>> It simply lists the subject, predicate and object followed by a
>> It is somewhat easier to interpret, and can be easy to make. You
>> can even create this with apps like FileMaker Pro.
>> You can then take this N3 form and convert it to RDF using online
>> tools or standard libraries.
>> Many if not most of the triple / quad stores can read in the n3
>> form directly.
>> Here is an example that links a species concept to a geographical
>> location. (in both directions)
>> <http://sws.geonames.org/6255149/> <http://lod.taxonconcept.org/ontology/txn.owl#hasExpectationOf
>> > <http://lod.taxonconcept.org/ses/iLCOZ#Species> .
>> <http://lod.taxonconcept.org/ses/iLCOZ#Species> <http://lod.taxonconcept.org/ontology/txn.owl#isExpectedIn
>> > <http://sws.geonames.org/6255149/> .
>> - Pete
>> On Wed, Oct 6, 2010 at 9:51 AM, Bob Morris <morris.bob at gmail.com>
>> On Wed, Oct 6, 2010 at 8:53 AM, Peter DeVries
>> <pete.devries at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> I think part of the problem we are having is that people are not
>>> how different RDF is from straight XML.
>> It's way worse than that. RDF is not XML at all. RDF/XML is
>> merely a
>> serialization of RDF It's not even the most human readable
>> serialization. In fact it is one of the \worst/ for humans who need
>> figure out what triples are actually in play. It is so ubiquitous
>> only because there are more tools that can process RDF/XML than any
>> the other RDF serialization syntaxes (syntices???). The persistent
>> myth that human readability is an advantage of XML pretty much
>> all the use cases that humans have for reading something. It's about
>> as readable as Lisp. Indeed, a Lisp loving colleague said of XML on
>> the occasion of its first W3 recommendation : "I get it. It's Lisp
>> with pointy brackets."
>> Robert A. Morris
>> Emeritus Professor of Computer Science
>> 100 Morrissey Blvd
>> Boston, MA 02125-3390
>> Associate, Harvard University Herbaria
>> email: morris.bob at gmail.com
>> web: http://bdei.cs.umb.edu/
>> web: http://etaxonomy.org/mw/FilteredPush
>> phone (+1) 857 222 7992 (mobile)
>> Pete DeVries
>> Department of Entomology
>> University of Wisconsin - Madison
>> 445 Russell Laboratories
>> 1630 Linden Drive
>> Madison, WI 53706
>> TaxonConcept Knowledge Base / GeoSpecies Knowledge Base
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