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  • “The Friend of a Friend (FOAF) project is creating a Web of machine-readable pages describing people, the links between them and the things they create and do.” ([1], retrieved 15:29, 23 October 2006 (MEST))
  • FOAF is social software based on W3C's RDF technology, i.e. ot is an RDF vocabulary for expressing metadata about people, and their interests, relationships and activities.


Official FOAF Sites
FOAF tools
on-line FOAF creators
  • foaf-a-matic (simple FOAF code generator through an HTML form that you then can copy/paste). This site seems to have died (sometimes in nov 2006)
  • foaf-a-matic (copy)
  • foafamatic
The standard


  • Li Ding et al., "How the Semantic Web is Being Used:An Analysis of FOAF Documents", InProceedings, Proceedings of the 38th International Conference on System Sciences, January 2005, 2595 downloads. Abstract / PDF
  • Lapique, Francis, SPARQL, langage et protocole d'interrogation de métadonnées, Flash Informatique (FI), Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, FI 9/06. HTML. (Shows how to query FOAF files with SPARQL).
  • Li Ding et al., "Analyzing Social Networks on the Semantic Web", Article, IEEE Intelligent Systems, January 2005, 1810 downloads. Abstract / PDF
  • Dodds, Leigh, An introduction to FOAF, FOAF Project Web Site, HTML, retrieved 15:29, 23 October 2006 (MEST).
  • Graves, Mike, Adam Constabaris and Dan Brickley. FOAF: Connecting People on the Semantic Web. Cataloging and Classification Quarterly. Special Issue: Knitting the Semantic Web, vol. 43, n. 3/4 (ISSN: 01639374) [Forthcoming, 2006]