I attended Facebook’s F8 conference yesterday (missed the keynote IRL, but you can catch it online ) and came away pondering the Open Graph Protocol . In they keynote Zuck said (as Luke Shepard calls him): Today the web exists mostly as a series of unstructured links between pages. This has been a powerful model, but it’s really just the start. The open graph puts people at the center of the web.
Following last week’s W3C Conference in Raleigh, Facebook and some semantic web leading lights, including W3C Semantic Web Activity Lead Ivan Herman, had a chance to make contact with each other. Facebook’s David Recordon got to explain the design decisions behind the Open Graph protocol, and in a breakout group with some of the semantic web folks â€“ including Herman â€“ they came up with a plan on how what Facebook is doing would be precisely described in terms of RDF schema. As Facebook reports on its developer blog, “members of the W3C’s Linked Data Camp helped to develop a RDF schema file which relates the Open Graph protocol to existing ontologies (such as Dublin Core, FOAF, and DBpedia).”
Two weeks ago, Facebook has announced a major new initiative called Facebook Open Graph.