Alongside HTML pages for humans, and the RDF/XML that had already been added to it this means that a new flavour of RDF is now available.
The Turtle format offers the benefits of both machine-readable meta-data, and a somehow human readable textual format too.
For instance, you may check the apache2 Turtle meta-data from the command-line with :
$ curl -L -s -H "Accept: text/turtle" http://packages.qa.debian.org/apache2
Here’s a link to a colorized HTML preview of http://packages.qa.debian.org/a/apache2.ttl.
Under the hood, the XSLT stylesheets of the PTS have been reworked to produce the Turtle format by default, and later convert them to RDF/XML.
Every Debian source package then has a reference URI in the Linked Data word, in the form
http://packages.qa.debian.org/PACKAGE_NAME, that redirects, through proper content-negociation (the HTTP
Accept header) to the HTML, RDF/XML or Turtle documents. For apache2, these are, resp. at http://packages.qa.debian.org/a/apache2.html, http://packages.qa.debian.org/a/apache2.rdf and http://packages.qa.debian.org/a/apache2.ttl.
The meta-data uses the model of the ADMS.SW ontology (1.0), and the content has also been slightly updated to make it more conformant to the ADMS.SW specifications (checks done with the ADMS.SW validator).
Let’s hope this makes RDF more familiar to Debian folks, and allows more Linked Data interlinking with other resources about FLOSS packages.