[expertfinder-dev] Firefox 3 does FOAF and SIOC

Dan Brickley danbri at danbri.org
Thu Jan 4 16:00:47 UTC 2007


Dan Brickley wrote:
> Lyndon J B Nixon wrote:
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>> The title got your attention ;)
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>> Well, they want to support microformats at least
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>> http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/mozilla_does_microformats_firefox3.php 
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>> but I wonder if we could make some nice proposals to them why FOAF, 
>> SIOC etc support might be just as cool J
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> There is some skeptism in the Mozilla scene about the value of their 
> existing investment in RDF.
>
> They had the first RDF implementation out there, since it evolved from 
> Guha's earlier MCF code for Netscape. It is showing it's age and has 
> never really caught developers imagination. There's a page somewhere 
> in their wikis talking about SQLLite as a data storage option for 
> future Mozilla platform, somewhere near here
> http://wiki.mozilla.org/Firefox2/Requirements
>
> I was thinking: there are a few efforts at implementing SPARQL in 
> scripting languages over the top of an SQL engine, eg. ARC in PHP, see 
> http://arc.web-semantics.org/  .... if one of these SPARQL-over-SQL 
> implementations could be recoded in Javascript for SQLLite, it would 
> open up a much nicer environment for RDF work in Mozilla: developers 
> could use an SQL-like language, a storage neutral abstraction (RDF), 
> world-wide rather than storage-specific schemas, ... and also use the 
> SQLlite store for storing multiple RDF graphs, queryable using 
> SPARQL's multi-graph support.
>
> This would I believe make Mozilla RDF application code a lot less 
> verbose, a lot more powerful, and would tie in with their future 
> storage strategy. All it needs is someone to implement it ;)

I found the reference, and added some notes to the Mozilla wiki:
http://wiki.mozilla.org/Mozilla2:Unified_Storage#RDF_Data_Store_interface

Dan


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