[uf-discuss] Attention RDF

Danny Ayers danny.ayers at gmail.com
Thu Nov 24 07:15:28 PST 2005

I've created a page on the ESW Wiki called Attention RDF [1] with the
aim of working towards an RDF model for attention data. Like the other
"micromodels" [2] this will be format-neutral, but as the clearest
specification of this domain is Attention.xml [3] (a XHTML-based
microformat), that is used as a starting point.

The general idea is that Web user focus, what their attention is on,
is valuable data. Examples include RSS subscriptions lists and
browsing behaviour (click counts etc). Making good use of this leads
to quite a broad data integration scenario (personal information,
online activities, syndication, content management, calendaring,
media, geo, buying, selling, trust, metrics etc etc...), exactly the
kind of thing Semantic Web technologies are designed for.

Once a reasonable RDF model is in place, it'll be possible for
applications which produce/consume attention data to interoperate at a
level above syntax, and it'll be easier to develop applications that
can use the data (even if the RDF/OWL model isn't used directly, tools
for managing the data can be created semi-automatically).

Please feel free to edit the page as appropriate.


[1] http://esw.w3.org/topic/Attention_RDF
[2] http://esw.w3.org/topic/MicroModels
[3] http://developers.technorati.com/wiki/attentionxml



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