RDF introduction

Last updated on
30 November 2016

RDF is a W3C standard for modeling and sharing distributed knowledge based on a decentralized open-world assumption. Any knowledge about anything can be decomposed into triples (3-tuples) consisting of subject, predicate, and object; essentially, RDF is the lowest common denominator for exchanging data between systems.

Here are some introductory materials that will help you get up to speed on RDF (and related technologies such as SPARQL):

The essential background for being able to work with RDF is in the RDF in Depth article, above; if you have time to read only one of these links, read that one.

In depth materials for implementors:

For more tutorials, please refer to the comprehensive lists maintained by the W3C's Semantic Web Education and Outreach (SWEO) group: