[foaf-dev] RDF/RDFa now part of Drupal core

Melvin Carvalho melvincarvalho at gmail.com
Thu Oct 22 20:48:27 CEST 2009

On Thu, Oct 22, 2009 at 8:02 PM, Stephane Corlosquet
<scorlosquet at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi,
> After several months of research, coding, sprints and patch reviews, the
> main RDF patch has been committed to Drupal core! (Thanks Dries!) This
> introduces a basic RDF API which maps the Drupal data structure to RDF.
> These mappings are then automatically exported as RDFa throughout the site.
> To give you a sneak preview of the code it generates, I've put up a Drupal 7
> site at http://drupalrdf.openspring.net/ for testing purposes. We still have
> some bugs to fix but the bulk of it is working. I'm hoping to get feedback
> from the RDF community about the RDFa it generates. Please try it with your
> favorite RDFa parser and report any bug you encounter. You will find some
> dummy RDF properties/classes sometimes but we'll fix them soon. Note that
> the RDF mappings are fairly independent from the the actual API since the
> mapping definitions are centralized [2] and are not hardcoded in the HTML
> (hereby allowing exports in other RDF serialization formats).
> Some examples:
> A blog post with comments http://drupalrdf.openspring.net/node/3
> Forum page http://drupalrdf.openspring.net/node/4
> Static page http://drupalrdf.openspring.net/about
> Drupal 7 is still in development phase. The first beta releases should come
> out in the coming months, and the final release in the new year. Our
> priority is to fix all remaining bugs [3] and then agree on the best
> mappings which will come pre-installed in core. I will send more emails on
> specific issues, so if you're interested make sure to subscribe to
> foaf-dev at lists.foaf-project.org, sioc-dev at googlegroups.com and
> public-rdf-in-xhtml-tf at w3.org.
> For those attending ISWC next week, I'll present the research work which was
> used to build RDF in Drupal core, see paper [4]. See you on Tuesday
> afternoon in the Semantic Web In Use Track!

Fantastic work, congrats!

> Stephane.
> [1] RDF mapping API http://api.drupal.org/api/function/hook_rdf_mapping/7
> [2] Open issues
> http://drupal.org/project/issues/search/drupal?status[]=Open&issue_tags=RDF
> [3] Report an issue http://drupal.org/project/issues/drupal
> [4] Produce and Consume Linked Data with Drupal!
> http://openspring.net/sites/openspring.net/files/corl-etal-2009iswc.pdf
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