The Web is known primarily as a Web of Documents because that has been our main experience with it, but we should not ignore the idea of documents as a data source. New technologies are emerging to make it easier to encode extractable content on the Web. This article focuses on how producers can increase the machine-processability of the documents they produce.
In this second article in the Resource-Oriented Architecture series, Brian Sletten discusses the benefits of REST, what constitutes a resource, associating metadata with a resource, the pitfalls of common models of resource metadata, SPARQL, RDF, expressing RDF facts, RDF triples, querying RDF, and sample RDF queries.
In this first article in the Resource-Oriented Architecture series, Brian Sletten discusses the REST architecture style, the history of SOA, SOAP and WS-*, the Semantic Web, URLs as identifiers, URIs and URNs, freedom of form, logically-connected late-binding systems, HATEOAS, and the impact of the Semantic Web upon software systems.