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.
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“.