A lot of work has been done recently to define GEDCOM X in terms of an RDF Vocabulary by specifying an RDF Schema document that defines each of the core GEDCOM X namespaces. By providing support for RDF, GEDCOM X gains some notable benefits, including:

  • assurance of conformance to industry-accepted standards
  • a standard way to reference and describe resources
  • compatibility with known standards for describing physical and digital artifacts via Dublin Core
  • compatibility with known standards for describing users and organizations via FOAF
  • a standard way to embed (genealogical) data into web pages through RDFa
  • automatic compliance with powerful tools built to analyze the semantic web

The details of RDF integration are detailed in the RDF Integration document.