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May 28, 2010

Self-documenting vocabularies using RDFa

Filed under: Semantic Web,Work Related — Ivan Herman @ 18:17
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This was one of the use cases some of us had in mind when RDFa was being developed, and it is nice to see that happening in practice… Olaf Hartig and Jun Zhao have recently published a provenance vocabulary. I am not knowledgeable enough to get into the detail of the provenance part. However, what also caught my attention is the way the vocabulary is defined: it is using XHTML+RDFa. So, while the URI above leads to a nice XHTML version of the vocabulary, readable by humans, the same source can also be used to get to the formal, RDF version of the vocabulary. Just use a distiller or extractor of any kind. I.e., do not repeat yourself, even when defining a formal vocabulary… I find this cool.


  1. I’ve been experimenting with exactly the same. I’m not completely settled on a technique, but it seemed like the right thing to do.

    Comment by Dorian Taylor — May 28, 2010 @ 19:57

  2. Very good! That would be one more then for the list of vocabs [1] we listed in our ISWC2008 RDFa tutorial😀


    [1] http://www.w3.org/2008/Talks/1026-ISCW-RDFa/RDFa-ISWC08.html#%2871%29

    Comment by woddiscovery — May 28, 2010 @ 20:56

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