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When I read the following item from The Scout Report 5:37 (Jan. 22, 1999),
I wondered what implications, if any, RDF has for the EAD community. I'm
hoping that some of the subscribers with a better handle on the alphabet
soup of data standards can fill us all in. Thanks in advance...

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18. Resource Description Framework (RDF) Model and Syntax Specification
http://www.w3.org/TR/PR-rdf-syntax/
W3C RDF homepage:
http://www.w3.org/RDF/

The Resource Description Framework (RDF) Model and Syntax Specification, a
creation of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), is one of the most
exciting new Web technologies to be inching its way into existence. RDF is
a basis for encoding and using data about documents or Web pages which
purports to facilitate the automation of their processing. This RDF Model
and Syntax Specification document has recently been granted Proposed
Recommendation status and is no longer expected to change substantially,
which means that anyone interested in RDF development or use should take a
close look at this document. While RDF can be encoded in the Extensible
Markup Language (XML) and this specification describes an XML-based
encoding of RDF, RDF is a data model independent of XML and is defined by
the specification in this sense as well. The RDF Model and Syntax
Specification document is an interesting and well-written reference that
should be in any metadata user's or developer's bookmark list. More
information about this important technology can be found at the W3C RDF
homepage. [CL]

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