Enabling Semantic Web Programming by Integrating RDF and Common Lisp

Ora Lassila

Appeared in: Proceedings of the First Semantic Web Working Symposium (SWWS'01), Stanford University, July 2001


This paper introduces "Wilbur", an RDF and DAML toolkit implemented in Common Lisp. Wilbur exposes the RDF data model as a frame-based representation system; an object-oriented view of frames is adopted, and RDF data is integrated with the host language by addressing issues of input/output, data structure compatibility, and error signaling. Through seamless integration we have achieved a programming system well suited for building "Semantic Web" applications.