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RSS data web!? Doh!

In Feb 2004, The World Wide Web Consortium released the Resource Description Framework (RDF) and the OWL Web Ontology Language (OWL) as W3C Recommendations. RDF is used to represent information and to exchange knowledge in the Web. OWL is used to publish and share sets of terms called ontologies, supporting advanced Web search, software agents and knowledge management.

<rant>What on earth are people doing creating their own names for existing thinking?  Or is something else going on?  Jon Udell recently interviewed Bill Gates after his keynote to the Microsoft Professional Developers' Conference in LA this September (podcast).  During the interview Jon decides to discuss with Bill how Microsoft is including RSS capabilities in Vista (Longhorn loves RSS) and Office 12.  During this line of questioning some unexpected terminology creeps in courtesy of Jon and and to quote from him - "What I call the RSS data web".

Well that doesn't really help does it?  For those who don't know Jon is referring to a derivative of the 'data web', not the whole - the whole happens to be what the W3C call the semantic webThis is a collection of technologies and standards such as OWL, RDF and RSS - an RDF vocabulary.  Perhaps in the hope of adhering to open standards both interviewer and interviewee might care to use the correct industry accepted terminology rather than 'shock and awe' listeners with mis-appropriated jargon.

So here's the irony of all of this and perhaps why Jon speaks RSS and not fluent RDF - Jon Udell was previously a member of the board of the RSS 2.0 initiative and if you check out the history you'll see they dropped the RDF headers in RSS 0.91 - so while it's nice Harvard is championing RSS one wonders if it will eventually die as the rest of us embrace the W3C's more eloquent RDF</rant>

I might add this rant has been done before... and you might care to note Dave resigned from the RSS 2.0 board and is now working at Microsoft, c'est la vie.


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