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Linked Data: Structured data on the Web by David Wood, Marsha Zaidman, Luke Ruth, and Michael Hausenblas

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Chapter 2. RDF: the data model for Linked Data

This chapter covers

  • An introduction to the Resource Description Framework
  • RDF as a data model for Linked Data
  • RDF formats relevant to Linked Data
  • Linked Data vocabularies

Linked Data couldn’t exist without a consistent underlying data model. That data model is the Resource Description Framework (RDF). Some people have negative opinions about RDF because they consider it to be overly complicated. Those opinions were generally formed in the early days of RDF and relate to its first, and rather complicated, serialization format based on XML. We hope to show you that RDF is quite simple and introduce you to the variety of different serialization formats that make modern RDF easy to use.

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