Thursday, May 12, 2005

Where do all the triples go?

I'm not the worlds greatest fan of applying very general, very abstract models to day-to-day problems.

That does not mean I am not a fan of that bedrock of knowledge representation : the humble triple (for example: subject,predicate,object).

I found myself wondering where on earth all the triples are out there in the real world of day-to-day IT, as opposed to the perfect but more abstract worlds of RDF/Topic Maps/HyTime etc?

Then it hit me.

Spreadsheets:-) Think about it. Row 1 cells - subject. Col 1 cells predicate. Other cells: objects...

Duh!

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