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News: Rule Interchange Format (RIF) is Now a W3C Recommendation Standard

From: Adrian P.
Sent on: Wednesday, June 23, 2010 1:02 AM

Rule Interchange Format (RIF) is Now a W3C Recommendation Standard


- A new standard for the interoperation and interchange between various rule languages

and rule engines

- A concrete XML serialization language for, e.g., model-based languages such as

OMG PRR, OMG SBVR, and the RIF RuleML subfamily of the overarching RuleML language family

- A standard for rules on the (Semantic) Web supporting data integration, and

for business rules, making businesses more agile

- The new W3C RIF recommendation standard is to be featured at the RuleML Semantic

Rules track at SemTech 2010 and at RuleML-2010 colocated with the Business Rules Forum


22 June 2010


Today W3C published a new standard for building rule systems on the Web.

Declarative rules allow the integration and transformation of data from multiple

sources in a distributed, transparent and scalable manner. The new standard,

called Rule Interchange Format (RIF), was developed with participation from

the Business Rules, Logic Programming, and Semantic Web communities to

provide interoperability and portability between different systems

using declarative technologies.

Corporate Semantic Web at the Freie Universitaet Berlin

( actively contributed and co-edited several

of the standards of RIF.


W3C News announcement: W3C RIF Supports Data Integration, Enterprise Agility



The new RIF recommendation is part of the Semantic Web layer cake



and, via the RIF RuleML Rosetta Ring, it can be used as a subfamily of

the overarching RuleML language family which among others contains SWRL

(RuleML+OWL), Reaction RuleML (including rule-based Complex Event

Processing), Fuzzy RuleML, etc.




The new RIF standard will be featured at the RuleML Semantic Rules track at

the Semantic Technologies conference in San Francisco



and at the 4th International Web Rule Symposium -- RuleML-2010 colocated with

the Business Rules Symposium in Washington DC




To learn more about RIF you can start with the Overview:


or the FAQ:



Further information:


MITnews article, which provides a nice high-level view, written for an

audience who has never heard of the Semantic Web:




Handbook of Research on Emerging Rule-Based Languages and Technologies: Open

Solutions and Approaches


(free sample chapter about Rule Markup Languages and Semantic Web Rule

Languages available from the menue)


Press Contact:

Sebastian Krebs

Freie Universitaet Berlin

Department of Computer Science and Mathematics

Institute of Computer Science

Corporate Semantic Web

K?nigin-Luise-Stra?e 24/26

14195 Berlin

Phone: [masked]

email: [address removed]


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