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A semantic triple, or simply triple, is the atomic data entity in the "Resource Description Framework (RDF) data model.[1] As its name indicates, a triple is a "set of three entities that codifies a "statement about "semantic data in the form of subject–predicate–object expressions (e.g. "Bob is 35", or "Bob knows John").

This format enables "knowledge to be represented in a machine-readable way. Particularly, every part of an RDF triple is individually addressable via unique "URIs — for example, the second statement above might be represented in RDF as http://example.name#BobSmith12 http://xmlns.com/foaf/0.1/knows http://example.name#JohnDoe34. Given this precise representation, semantic data can be unambiguously "queried and "reasoned about.

The components of a triple, such as the statement "The sky has the color blue", consist of a "subject ("the sky"), a "predicate ("has the color"), and an "object ("blue"). This is similar to the classical notation of an "entity–attribute–value model within "object-oriented design, where this example would be expressed as an entity (sky), an attribute (color) and a value (blue). From this basic structure, triples can be composed into "more complex models, by using triples as objects or subjects of other triples — for example, Mike → said → (triples → can be → objects).

Given their particular, consistent structure, a collection of triples is often stored in purpose-built databases called "Triplestores.

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  1. ^ http://www.w3.org/TR/PR-rdf-syntax/ "Resource Description Framework (RDF) Model and Syntax Specification"

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