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Abbreviations everywhere

My sister recently asked me, what does “rtm” or respectively the more coarse one, “rtfm” mean, and some friends of the company began to laugh. But why? – It is not as obvious to her (to someone, who does not sit in front of pc all day long), as it might be to some Internet-addicts like me :D. Therefore I had some second thoughts about why we use so many abbreviations.

As Einstein once said:

The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once

… but with YAA it may seem to. Therefore I thought it is the right time to write down a short list of acronyms which may prove useful for the understanding some upconimg W3C articles (and others) about Semantic Web (not just a hype?) technologies.

The New Semantic WEB

Short list of Acronyms, used in discussions about the SW

  • DAML (DARPA markup language)
  • DCMI (Dublin Core Metadata Initiative)
  • DOAC (Description Of A Career )
  • FOL (First Order Logic)
  • FOAF (Frind Of A Friend)
  • OIL (Ontology Interface Layer, Ontology Interchange Language)
  • OWL (Web Ontology Language)
  • RDF (Ressource Description Framework)
  • RIA (Rich Internet Application)
  • RoR (Ruby on Rails)
  • RSS (Rich Site Summary, RDF Site Summary, Really Simple Syndication)
  • SKOS (Simple Knowledge Organisation System)
  • SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol)
  • SPARQL (Simple Protocol and RDF Query Language)
  • SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics)
  • WSDL (Web Services Description Language)
  • XML-RPC (Remote Procedure Call using XML)

Remark that this list is still under construction and growing. 🙂


Additionally, for beginners, I recommend a video about “The Semantic Web for noobs“.


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