[Tdwg-guid] [tdwg-tag] Another reason why RDF is cool

Roger Hyam roger at tdwg.org
Wed Sep 20 16:58:36 CEST 2006

Nice demo Rod!

Makes me wonder how I can get a script to generate a spreadsheet to fill 
in based on an RDFS vocabulary. Basically would be sheet for each class, 
row for each instance, column for each property.....hmmm - maybe later.


Roderic Page wrote:
> I know that there is some scepticism about RDF, so I thought I'd 
> relate an experience I had yesterday at The Natural History Museum in 
> London. A colleague of mine has often complained about how hard it is 
> to get his data (and data others have) into a useful form for the web, 
> and that efforts such as the Semantic Web only seem to make this harder.
> So, as an experiment, I attempted to get some information about an ant 
> image into a local triple store. This involved putting some triples in 
> a table using EditGrid (an online spreadsheet), grabbing the XML, 
> converting it to RDF, and importing that into the triple store. See 
> here for details: 
> http://semant.blogspot.com/2006/09/adding-triples-using-editgrid.html.
> The bottom line is that it was trivially easy to go from a spreadsheet 
> to a triple store, and hence add new information about this ant. 
> Writing it up in the blog took as long as the actual work.
> This particular example concerns one image harvested from the web. 
> Things like adding distribution records in bulk would be even easier.
> So, my question is this: is there anything other than RDF that can 
> make this as straightforward as it is? If so, I'd love to hear it...
> Regards
> Rod
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 Roger Hyam
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