SPARQL tutorial

  • February 29, 2012 · 6:00 PM
  • BC Cancer Research Institute



RDF (Resource Description Framework) is a language for data description that is the basis of the Semantic Web.  RDF imagines data as a graph in which individuals (nodes) are related to each other by way of predicates (edges). This graph can be interrogated using the SPARQL Protocol and RDF Query Language, which allows the user to specify combinations of required and optional graph patterns.  This tutorial will introduce SPARQL as a means to query local and remote RDF data, with concrete examples provided using the platform-independent ARQ toolkit.  Query federation among multiple data sources will also be discussed, with concrete examples provided using SWObjects.


Luke McCarthy is a programmer who has been working on Semantic Web-related projects for five years, most recently as the lead developer of SADI (Semantic Automated Discovery and Integration), a framework for building Semantic Web Services.

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  • Patricia F.

    Thank you for the workshop, it was interesting to see what parts I was able to understand (I'm not a programmer). Would like introductions at the beginning of the session. :-)

    March 1, 2012

  • Melanie C.

    The SPARQL tutorial is online at­, or the source is in GitHub at­.  People who want to grab the queries and data all at once so they can run them locally can grab the zip file from GitHub:­
    Helena's SWObjects tutorial is online at­ Thanks again to Luke for a very interesting meetup!

    March 1, 2012

  • Melanie C.

    Hi Valerie: Luke mentioned he will be posting the material. We will add the link here and on our G+ page when available. Thanks for the interest!

    February 15, 2012

  • Valerie C.

    I will not be able to attend physically but is there some way to get the tutorial materials. Thank you for your time

    February 15, 2012

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