web sitemap fodder?

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From: Dan Brickley (Daniel.Brickley@bristol.ac.uk)
Date: Wed Jun 07 2000 - 16:41:25 PDT

Hi all

I'm looking for some background material to suggest categories, terms
and link types that might be used in an RDF sitemap system. I know of a
bunch of existing specs (eg. HTML4 link types, Dublin Core, RSS channels
etc) but am hoping to balance this with more grassroots/empirical stuff.
Basic idea: a lot of sites have recurring themes in the way they present
themselves to users. Concepts like 'help page', 'search page', 'about
us', 'feedback', hierarchy (next/prev/up), 'products' etc. recur in
various forms across the Web. Different genres (homepages, academia,
commercial) have overlapping but somewhat distinct
categories. Eg. 'products', 'solutions' for commerce, 'CV',
'publications' for personal pages etc etc.

Representing this sort of thing in RDF is in itself pretty trivial, but
it would be nice to ground things in real deployed practice. So I'm
looking for pointers into a literature I've not managed to find much on.

FoRK seemed the right sort of place to ask... Anyone know of definitive
works in this area? I'm looking for some concrete studies that look at a
fair number of sites and that summarise common navigational constructs.

thanks for any pointers,


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