Learning SPARQL

Learning SPARQL

Learning SPARQL

Gain hands-on experience with SPARQL, the RDF query language that’s bringing new possibilities to semantic web, linked data, and big data projects. This updated and expanded edition shows you how to use SPARQL 1.1 with a variety of tools to retrieve, manipulate, and federate data from the public web as well as from private sources.

Author Bob DuCharme has you writing simple queries right away before providing background on how SPARQL fits into RDF technologies. Using short examples that you can run yourself with open source software, you’ll learn how to update, add to, and delete data in RDF datasets.

  • Get the big picture on RDF, linked data, and the semantic web
  • Use SPARQL to find bad data and create new data from existing data
  • Use datatype metadata and functions in your queries
  • Learn techniques and tools to help your queries run more efficiently
  • Use RDF Schemas and OWL ontologies to extend the power of your queries
  • Discover the roles that SPARQL can play in your applications

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  1. 2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    pmcb55, August 18, 2013
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    pmcb55

    This review is from: Learning SPARQL (Paperback)
    Quite simply this book is the best thing (book, blog, article, paper or spec!) I’ve read on the whole realm of RDF et el! I’ve been personally following Semantic Web developments for over 10 years, but always from quite a distance. Why that distance? Because back then it was very clear to me that the technology, although offering huge potential, was not mature enough for commercial deployments – principally because I could never properly understand how to apply the ideas and concepts in my day-to-day work as a developer!

    I think recent developments (e.g. Commercial grade triplestores, SPARQL 1.1, JSON-LD, RDFa, Schema.org, the BBC, etc.) are clearly demonstrating that the underlying technology is genuinely mature enough now – but the problem of *explaining* the underlying concepts and ideas, and how to apply them as a work-a-day developer, still remains.

    I found the book ‘The Semantic Web for the Working Ontologist’ ([…] to be a giant leap forward in filling this gap – but this book by Bob DuCharme finally gave rise to my Eureka! moment for *working with RDF as a developer*. This book almost completely ignores any ‘theory’ behind RDF, instead jumping straight into just-using-it. As you work through the very simple early examples, Bob brilliantly demonstrates practical benefits of using RDF to model your data, and then it’s a no-brainer to understand why you’d use SPARQL to query that data.

    So not only would I highly recommend this book for someone wanting to learn SPARQL – I’d recommend it to anyone who simply wants to understand what RDF is, why you should consider it, or to understand the potential of the Semantic Web (or Linked Data) in general.

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  2. 1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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    An Excellent Introduction to a Complex Topic, February 3, 2014
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    prototypo (Fredericksburg, VA, USA) –

    This review is from: Learning SPARQL (Kindle Edition)
    The SPARQL query language is for more than RDF databases. It is a query language for the RDF data model, which means that SPARQL endpoints may be placed over relational databases, nosql databases and even flat files served from Apache. SPARQL is, quite frankly, the best query language for data integration.

    Nobody so clearly describes SPARQL as Bob DuCharme. His prose is clear and his examples feel realistic. The book is useful enough to earn a spot on my bookshelf – and it gets used even though I can and do also read the W3C specifications. Sometimes this book is just easier to read.

    Newcomers to SPARQL will greatly prefer to start with this book before diving deeper into the specifications.

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    One of the best technical writers I’ve read, September 26, 2014
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    One of the best technical writers I’ve read. A logical progression of insight-full explanations with each subsequent layer building on the previous.

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