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Re: [DotGNU]Implement RDF in a Universal Data Structure

From: Seth Johnson
Subject: Re: [DotGNU]Implement RDF in a Universal Data Structure
Date: Sun, 30 Mar 2003 07:15:25 -0500

Danny Ayers wrote:
> I apologise for being skeptical, but there are many alternative 'universal
> data structures' and things like scalability and interoperability are hard
> to demonstrate behind closed doors - this stuff needs to work distributed on
> the web.
> Additionally, whatever the virtues of the u.d.s. the current level of
> adoption will influence future adoption - so for example although I'm sure
> Lazy Software's "Associative Model of Data" is wonderful, I can't see their
> model taking the place of the relational DB or RDF model in the foreseeable
> future.

It actually goes beyond that in this case, as my goal relates to certain
political objectives, such as eliminating content control -- the aim is to
get certain specific *apps* of the server in use rapidly.  That will happen
only after the merits of the server itself are shown.  Unfortunately, an
undercover approach is the best way in this case.

> Personally I'd opt for RDF as the base model as it has pretty well worked
> out theoretical (web-friendly) foundations and isn't doing badly
> implementation-wise. If your system is as versatile as you suggest, then it
> should be possible to bridge easily to it, perhaps plugging it in as an
> alternative backend to RDF..?

Yes, that's exactly what I say.

The main point is that CTP makes a lot of DotGNU's and GNU's objectives much
easier to address.  Though it actually makes the whole web services arena
passe, because CTP is a universal application server concept, not just a way
to model information.  It provides for universal functionality, which other
data servers aren't geared toward -- the notion of a universal atomic

Seth Johnson


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