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Drupal and the Semantic Web


Just beginning to explore where various Content Managment Systems are at with respect to their vision for the Semantic Web.

I find it interesting that Dries Buytaert, the original creator and project lead of Drupal, stressed the importance of the Semantic Web, and RDF, graph-based data representations, in his State of Drupal keynote in Boston in 2008.

Of particular interest, is his emphasis on treat database fields as first-class citizens, as the slide below emphasizes:

drupal power to fields

And, of course, Buytaert’s prescient support of RDF in the core of the Drupal platform:

drupal RDF graph

And, of course, the punchline for a Web of Data:

Drupal RDF punchline

Since this talk in the Spring of 2008, a continued focus on Semantic Web technologies from Drupal. See the following:

BTW, here’s a nice video that was presented at DrupalCon DC 2009 titled RDFa in Drupal – examples and use cases.

Think it might be time to look more closely at Drupal.

glenn

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