Resource Description Framework

The Resource Description Framework (RDF) is a family of World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) specifications[1] originally designed as a data model for metadata. It has come to be used as a general method for conceptual description or modeling of information that is implemented in web resources, using a variety of syntax notations and data serialization formats. It is also used in knowledge management applications.

Resource Description Framework
StatusPublished, W3C Recommendation
Year started1996; 25 years ago (1996)
First publishedFebruary 10, 2004; 17 years ago (2004-02-10)
Latest version1.1 (Recommendation)
February 25, 2014; 7 years ago (2014-02-25)
OrganizationWorld Wide Web Consortium (W3C)
CommitteeRDF Working Group
EditorsRichard Cyganiak, David Wood, Markus Lanthaler
Base standardsURI
Related standardsRDFS, OWL, RIF, RDFa
DomainSemantic Web

RDF was adopted as a W3C recommendation in 1999. The RDF 1.0 specification was published in 2004, the RDF 1.1 specification in 2014.