The Resource Description Framework (RDF) Model and Syntax Specification, a creation of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), is one of the most exciting new Web technologies to be inching its way into existence. RDF is a basis for encoding and using data about documents or Web pages which purports to facilitate the automation of their processing. This RDF Model and Syntax Specification document has recently been granted Proposed Recommendation status and is no longer expected to change substantially, which means that anyone interested in RDF development or use should take a close look at this document. While RDF can be encoded in the Extensible Markup Language (XML) and this specification describes an XML-based encoding of RDF, RDF is a data model independent of XML and is defined by the specification in this sense as well. The RDF Model and Syntax Specification document is an interesting and well-written reference that should be in any metadata user's or developer's bookmark list.