The RDF Advantages Page
What are the advantages of RDF over other metadata systems? In this page
we try to collect a list of some of them.
RDF Model Advantages
The RDF model is made up of triples: as such, it can be efficiently implemented
and stored; other models requiring variable-length fields would require
a more cumbersome implementation.
The RDF model is essentially the canonicalization of a (directed) graph,
and so as such has all the advantages (and generality) of structuring information
The basic RDF model can be processed even in absence of more detailed information
(an "RDF schema") on the semantics: it already allows basic inferences to
take place, since it can be logically seen as a fact basis
The RDF model has the important property of being modular: the union of knowledge (directed graphs)
is mapped into the union of the corresponding RDF structures; this means
information processing can be fully parallelized
in presence of partial information (an essential feature in a volatile
environment like the web) the output is still a consistent RDF model, that
can be succesfully processed
RDF Syntax Advantages
RDF syntax is layered: the basic serialization syntax allows for quite a
powerful encoding, while still being compact (@@this can be further elaborated,
even in a mathematical sense).
RDF Bibliography On-line
Created and maintained by Massimo Marchiori (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Contributions/comments are welcome.
Last modified: Mon Feb 1 19:28:22 EST 1999