Learning SPARQL

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"O'Reilly Media, Inc.", Jul 21, 2011 - Computers - 235 pages
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Get hands-on experience with SPARQL, the RDF query language that's become a key component of the semantic web. With this concise book, you will learn how to use the latest version of this W3C standard to retrieve and manipulate the increasing amount of public and private data available via SPARQL endpoints. Several open source and commercial tools already support SPARQL, and this introduction gets you started right away.

Begin with how to write and run simple SPARQL 1.1 queries, then dive into the language's powerful features and capabilities for manipulating the data you retrieve. Learn what you need to know to add to, update, and delete data in RDF datasets, and give web applications access to this data.

  • Understand SPARQL’s connection with RDF, the semantic web, and related specifications
  • Query and combine data from local and remote sources
  • Copy, convert, and create new RDF data
  • Learn how datatype metadata, standardized functions, and extension functions contribute to your queries
  • Incorporate SPARQL queries into web-based applications

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User Review  - albertgoldfain - LibraryThing

A comprehensive introduction to SPARQL tools, queries, and endpoints. The examples are illustrative and well-thought out. Some of the Fuseki material is stale already, but there is plenty here to incorporate SPARLQ into linked-data web solutions. Read full review


Some Data and Some Queries
Chapter 2 The Semantic Web RDF and Linked Data and SPARQL
A Deeper Dive
Chapter 4 Copying Creating and Converting Data and Finding Bad Data
Chapter 5 Datatypes and Functions
Chapter 6 Updating Data with SPARQL
A Brief Tour

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Bob DuCharme (http://www.snee.com/bob) is a solutions architect at TopQuadrant, a provider of software for modeling, developing, and deploying semantic web applications. He came to TopQuadrant from Innodata Isogen, where he did system and architecture analysis and design for a wide range of global publishing clients as well as cochairing the 2008 Linked Data Planet conference in New York City. Earlier in his career, he oversaw SGML and XML development at Moody's Investors Service and then moved on to LexisNexis, where he did data and systems architecture as they made the transition to XML-based systems.

In the XML.com newsletter, editor Kendall Clark once wrote “Does anyone write tech prose as clear as Bob?” Bob is the author of Manning Publications' “XSLT Quickly,” Prentice Hall's “XML: The Annotated Specification” and “SGML CD,” and McGraw Hill's “Operating Systems Handbook.” He's written over 70 pieces for XML.com and has contributed to Dr. Dobb's Journal, IBM developerWorks, Nodalities, DevX, perl.com, XML Magazine, XML Journal, XML Developer, O'Reilly Books' “XML Hacks,” and Prentice Hall's “XML Handbook.” Bob received his BA in Religion from Columbia University and his Master's in Computer Science from New York University. He lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, with his wife Jennifer and their daughters Madeline and Alice.

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