This blog post from "Voyages of the Semantic Enterprise" discusses issues related to the title question, including a brief history of data modelling and how the RDF Data Model and the way it differs from the traditional relational model, mainly by allowing for much greater conceptual modelling.
Keywords: HTTP URIs, Ontology, Relational model, Information modeling
Author: Polikoff, Irene
Date created: 2011-09-30 04:00:00.000
Time required: P20M
Educational use: instruction
Educational audience: student
Interactivity type: mixed
- Articulates differences between the RDF abstract data model and the XML and relational models.
- Understands that URIs and literals denote things in the world ("resources") real, imagined, or conceptual.
- Knows that the word "ontology" is ambiguous, referring to any RDF vocabulary, but more typically a set of OWL classes and properties designed to support inferencing in a specific domain.