Meta Content Framework

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Meta Content Framework (MCF) is a specification of a content format for structuring metadata about web sites and other data.

History[edit]

MCF was developed by Ramanathan V. Guha at Apple Computer's Advanced Technology Group between 1995 and 1997. Rooted in knowledge-representation systems such as CycL, KRL, and KIF, it sought to describe objects, their attributes, and the relationships between them.[1]

One application of MCF was HotSauce, also developed by Guha while at Apple. It generated a 3D visualization of a web site's table of contents, based on MCF descriptions. By late 1996, a few hundred sites were creating MCF files and Apple HotSauce allowed users to browse these MCF representations in 3D.[1]

When the research project was discontinued, Guha left Apple for Netscape, where, in collaboration with Tim Bray, he adapted MCF to use XML[2][3] and created the first version of the Resource Description Framework (RDF).[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Hammersley, Ben (2003). Content Syndication with RSS. Sebastopol: O'Reilly. p. 2. ISBN 978-0-596-00383-8. 
  2. ^ Guha, R V; Tim Bray (1997-06-06). Meta Content Framework Using XML. W3C. Retrieved 2014-09-14. 
  3. ^ Guha, R.V.; Bray, Tim (1997-06-13). "Meta Content Framework Using XML". Netscape. Archived from the original on June 15, 1997. Retrieved 2015-12-12. 
  4. ^ Andreessen, Marc (1999-01-08). "Innovators of the Net: R.V. Guha and RDF". Netscape. Archived from the original on February 5, 2008. Retrieved 2014-09-14. 

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