[foaf-protocols] revisiting FOAF project goals

Kingsley Idehen kidehen at openlinksw.com
Sat Jun 20 18:58:06 CEST 2009

Dan Brickley wrote:
> I haven't explicitly written about goals for this project since 2000, 
> when we called it RDFWeb (and before that RDFWebRing).
> That original document is here, 
> http://www.foaf-project.org/original-intro (with one major change, I put 
> the new name everywhere that it used to say RDFWeb).
> Here's what the project website said about goals in mid 2000:
> """Goals
> We want a better way of keeping track of the scattered fragments of data 
> currently represented in the Web.
> We want to be able to find documents in the Web based on their 
> properties and inter-relationships; we want to be able to find 
> information about people based on their publications, employment 
> details, group membership and declared interests. We want to be able to 
> share annotations, ratings, bookmarks and arbitrary useful data 
> fragments using some common infrastructure. We want a Web search system 
> that's more like a database and less like a lucky dip. We need it to be 
> be distributed, decentralised, and content-neutral.
> FOAF, if successful, should help the Web do the sorts of things that are 
> currently the proprietary offering of centralised services.
> RDF seems to offer a lot of promise in this area. While RDF is defined 
> in terms of a rather abstract information model, our needs are rather 
> practical. We want to be able to ask the Web sensible questions and 
> common kinds of thing (documents, organisations, people) and get back 
> sensible results.
>      * "Find me today's web page recommendations made by people who work 
> for Medical organisations".
>      * "Find me recent publications by people I've co-authored documents 
> with."
>      * "Show me critiques of this web page, and the home pages of the 
> author of that critique"
>      * etc...
> All this sounds a bit ambitious (and it is), but we think we've a 
> reasonable sense of how to build a linked information system with these 
> capabilities. """
> As I look at getting a revised statement of goals written, I'd love to 
> hear more about what folk on the FOAF mailing lists find interesting, 
> compelling or intriguing. What motivates you to spend time working with 
> FOAF and RDF and linked data? Why do you care? How did you end up on 
> this mailing list, or interested in RDF and Semantic Web?
> Am interested in any and all responses to this, on-list, or offlist, 
> blogged or emailed.
> Thanks for your thoughts!
> cheers,
> Dan
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FOAF provides:

1. Infrastructure for Federated Identity (exposed via document that 
contain FOAF based personal profile metadata) as we see via FOAF+SSL
2. Untethered & Dynamic Social Networking.



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