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Linked Data With Ruby and RDF.rb

This will be a hands-on overview for producing, consuming and working with linked data using the RDF.rb framework and the Ruby programming language.

Topics covered include: 

• Understanding the RDF.rb object model, learning how to manipulate RDF terms, statements and graphs

• Parsing and serializing RDF data in popular serialization formats such as Turtle, JSON-LD, and RDFa

• Creating and publishing RDF data using popular Ruby-based webframeworks such as Sinatra

• Storing RDF data using RDF.rb's various repository backends,including an SQL backend

• Querying local RDF repositories using RDF.rb's native SPARQL engine

• Accessing and updating remote SPARQL endpoints using RDF.rb's SPARQL client

Given that this will be a hands-on session, please make sure to bring your laptop! To follow along, you should have your favorite text editor as well as Ruby 2.0+ ( installed on your laptop.

In addition to the RDF.rb framework (, we will also be using the Sinatra web framework(

Our Speaker will be Arto Bendiken

Arto is a core developer of the RDF.rb linked data framework for the Ruby programming language, as well as a co-founder of Dydra (, the RDF and SPARQL cloud database service. Previously, he played a central role in incorporating linked data technologies into the Drupal content management system.

Session-Type: Technology-Coding-Tools
Session-Level: Intermediate-Advanced

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  • Martin S.

    Very good evening. The informal talk after also was very interesting.

    June 23, 2015

  • Morton S.

    I've been using RDF.rb for years, but still picked numerous tips

    June 18, 2015

  • Arto B.

    A couple of people have asked for pointers to a Ruby language tutorial.

    For absolute beginners, "Ruby in Twenty Minutes" is a quick intro:

    You can also interactively learn Ruby in the browser at the Try Ruby website:

    For a more comprehensive tutorial, see the free online book "Learn Ruby the Hard Way" where you can jump to a chapter of interest:

    Please note that we will assume some familiarity with the syntax and basics of the Ruby language as we cannot possibly in a single hour cover both the RDF.rb framework as well as the programming language itself.

    See you on Thursday!

    June 18, 2015

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