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This is the Wiki site for the FOAF project.

Feel free to add links, suggestions here, much as you might on the foaf-dev mailing list. Leave a link and brief description here if you add new content. A consequence of this is that as a reader, you shouldn't expect complete coherence from the site: you'll find a mix of useful tips, personal content, brainstorming and scribbles. Consider this a freeform scratchpad, designed to be easy to update, and as a quick place to capture an idea or link before it is forgotten.

This wiki is terribly messy; sorry! As of Nov 1st 2007 it is republished using MediaWiki with better spam control.


Editing pages

We got spammed to bits; the Wiki has been migrated to MediaWiki, and we prefer edits associated with an OpenID. In the future (as spammers make more use of OpenID) we are likely to require some form of connection to a known member of the community before edits are accepted. For work in this area see the writeup from the MIT DIG group on using FOAF and OpenID together.

Jumping Off Points

Some starting points:

* The FAQ has answers to a number of FOAF related questions including general project and "getting started" information. See FoafHistory for some background on the origins of the FOAF project, and FoafMentions for links to FOAF in the news (From the days when it was notable for FOAF to be mentioned elsewhere!)
* upcoming and past FoafMeets - face to face FOAF meetings 
* Information for Developers
* Tools, including FoafNaut and other CoolStuff
* DataSources - various places to get FOAF data, including sites that export it
* Vocabulary -- information about FOAF syntax and vocabulary, see also FoafExamples which has a number of worked examples showing how to use particular aspects of the FOAF vocabulary
* Tutorials -- a list of FOAF tutorials out on the web. Also check out CategoryTutorial
* The FOAFBulletinBoard provides a way for sharing your FOAF URL with other people, and more importantly Foaf harvesters
* ApplicationIdeas -- a page listing ideas for FOAF applications.
* Criticism -- critiques of FOAF

See also RecentChanges for machine-generated list of latest edits and additions, and ChangeLog for some manual entries.

Active Pages

A Wiki really comes into its own when its users help to refine each others pages, e.g. adding information, answering questions, providing feedback, etc. Here's a list of pages that you can help out with. * Comments -- pages requesting comments. Add your feedback

* TODO -- pages requesting help. Give them some love.
* UnderConstruction -- pages under construction. Give the author time to finish before adding comments.
* Refactoring -- pages being reworked. Let things settle down before editing.
* WantedPages -- pages that are awaiting creation. Add some content
* OrphanedPages -- pages that aren't linked into the Wiki. Delete them if they're dead, or link 'em if they're useful
* AbandonedPages -- old, unedited pages. Bring them up to date.


Some related resources both here and elsewhere on the web. Some of this content will shortly move off the home page.

* MetadataVIATEC
* FoafAuthentication
* FoafCorp.
* ConnectingUsenetWithFoaf discusses the use of FOAF in discussion newsgroups.
* TowardFOAFster -- an Atom-style effort to specify FOAF extensions to facilitate online matchmaking
* CoDepiction -- a dropoff point for images worthy of cataloguing
* SpaceNamespace -- Geo-mapping work
* AccessiblePlanet -- danbri and william loughborough project notes
* RDFWebSiteDesign notes
* [1] View an interesting application of the semantic web which brings together an Office XP addin to publish your contacts in RDF format to a webservice which then forms communities based on your friends. You can also browse your communities in the associated web page.
* [2] A simple FOAF generator, comments are welcome.
* FoafIdeas
* ExpertFinder -- Joint Initiative on Extending the FOAF Vocabulary for Expert Finding
* Foaf Introduction (Chinese)
* FoafProjectHomepageNotes; - beta website.


Related sites

* The [ESW:FrontPage ESW Wiki] may also be of some interest, being full of notes on RDF and Semantic Web technology.

Web site / wiki contact: DanBri ( or the FOAF mailing list,