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In the first three parts of this series, we've looked at what RDF will do for you as both a consumer and a provider of RDF data and we've had a quick primer on what exactly implementing RDF entails. Turning our attention back to Drupal, this article will take a look at the state of RDF in Drupal 6 and some of the available contribued modules. Tomorrow's article will take a look at what the next version of Drupal will offer in terms of RDF.
Drupal 6 does not have any RDF functionality in core. If you want to implement anything having to do with RDF in Drupal 6, you'll need to utilize contributed modules. Only a few of the RDF-related contribued modules for Drupal have even had official releases - the majority of them are still somewhere in the development process.
While reviewing the existing RDF modules for Drupal 6, I found that I could categorize them into two categories - "Provider Modules" and "Consumer Modules". Those in the former category are designed primarily to help you RDF-ize your site's content. Modules in the "Consumer" category are generally designed to help you consume, use, and display RDF data from various sources. In some cases, there is some overlap, so this categorization is more for convenience than anything else.
Obviously, there's a lot going on with RDF in the Drupal community. The Semantic Web group is a great place to find out the latest going-ons. If you know of any additional examples in use of any of the modules listed above, please list them in the comments!
Thanks to Benjamin Melançon of the Agaric Design Collective for his assistance with this article. Benjamin is an active member of the Drupal community and attended the "RDF in Core" sprint in May, 2009.
This is part 4 in a 5 part series about RDF and Drupal.
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