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RDF Technology

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Family of technologies that are standardized by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and built on the Resource Description Framework (RDF). RDF technologies encompass data exchange formats, query languages, and various vocabularies and ontologies [1]. RDF technologies provide the basis for data integration of heterogeneous data sources as well as for the semantic description of resources in terms of assertions on the properties of these resources and relationships among them.

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RDF technologies integrate ideas for knowledge representation commonly used by Database and Artificial Intelligence communities, e.g., semantic data models, deductive databases, semantic networks, frames, and relational databases. In 1998, Tim Berners-Lee presented the RDF data model as a framework to describe the metadata of resources in the Semantic Web [2]. Since then, several extensions have been defined to provide more precise descriptions of resources as well as more powerful...

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Bizer, C., Vidal, ME., Weiss, M. (2018). RDF Technology. In: Liu, L., Özsu, M.T. (eds) Encyclopedia of Database Systems. Springer, New York, NY.

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