This tutorial was given at SemTech 2008, on May 19th. From the program: "RDF is a key W3C specification and a foundational component of the Semantic Web. This tutorial will explain the basics of RDF and how it functions as a key building block of semantic systems. Mark Birbeck is the managing director of webBackplane. He has been creating software for many years, and his particular interests are the semantic web, and components that help to create dynamic, flexible, user interfaces. He has consulted, given training, spoken at conferences and contributed to books and articles on these and other topics. He is also heavily involved in the creation of new standards on these themes. Mark is an Invited Expert on both the XForms Working Group and the XHTML 2 Working Group, at the W3C. Over the years his work there has included devising and proposing RDFa."