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Sun's Knowledge Management Architecture - swoRDFish

2002-10-21 12:19

Sun's Knowledge Management Architecture and swoRDFish.

swoRDFish Metadata Initiative

Metadata describes data in order to drive navigation, security, aggregation, localization, and personalization of knowledge. swoRDFish is GKE s implementation of a Sun Microsystems, Inc. (SMI) metadata framework. It includes a controlled vocabulary, organizational classifications, and business rules. It also includes a core set of industry standard metadata tags, complete with SMI-specific extensions. The swoRDFish initiative is gaining impetus as major content owners across Sun sign up for adoption. Sun s external Web sites, Sun.com and SunSolve, are rapidly incorporating these standards. Adherence to the initiative by these two applications alone positively impacts more than a million users.

swoRDFish uses the Resource Description Framework (RDF), developed by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). RDF is a language for describing Internet resources and content (knowledge). Within this framework, Uniform Resource Identifiers (URIs) are used to identify the resources or data, whereas Extensible Markup Language (XML) is used for content exchange. RDF has diverse communities of practice, ranging from business-to-business interchange and application development to library science. Sun selected RDF in order to realize full-scale, distributed knowledge aggregation.

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