Imagine you are around somewhere between Ross 154 and Ross 248. Then you’ll likely see these days an announcement ‘W3C Issues Recommendation for Resource Description Framework (RDF)‘:
RDF provides interoperability between applications that exchange machine-understandable information on the Web. RDF emphasizes facilities to enable automated processing of Web resources. RDF can be used in a variety of application areas; for example: in resource discovery to provide better search engine capabilities, in cataloging for describing the content and content relationships available at a particular Web site, page, or digital library, by intelligent software agents to facilitate knowledge sharing and exchange, in content rating, in describing collections of pages that represent a single logical “document”, for describing intellectual property rights of Web pages, and for expressing the privacy preferences of a user as well as the privacy policies of a Web site. RDF with digitally signed documents will be key to building the “Web of Trust” for electronic commerce, collaboration, and other applications.
Funny enough, the first use case mentioned is actually discovery ;)
Ah, yeah, and btw, precisely 10 years ago the RDF name space was published: http://www.w3.org/1999/02/22-rdf-syntax-ns# – Happy Birthday, old girl!