OriginTrail is doing one of the most interesting combinations of blockchain technology and RDF that I have seen. In November I spoke with CTO and co-founder Branimir Rakić.
Justin Dowdy recently created an open source project to convert the metadata in a git repository to RDF, and I’ve been having some fun with it. Before getting into the details, as a brief demo I’ll start with a sample SPARQL query that I did to list all of the 2019 commits in my misc github repo:
There are a few tutorials out there about how to start up your own free-tier Amazon Web Services (AWS) Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) instance and then run your own publicly available web server. I’ve planned for a while to try this with a Jena Fuseki triplestore and SPARQL endpoint, but I postponed it because I thought it might be complicated. It turned out to be pretty easy.
Sometimes a question pops into my head that, although unrelated to computers, could likely be answered with a SPARQL query. I don’t necessarily know the query off the top of my head and have to work it out. I’m going to discuss an example of one that I worked out and the steps that I took, because I wanted to show how I navigated the Wikidata data model to get what I wanted.
I have always loved the website Learn X in Y minutes, which provides short crash courses in several dozen programming languages plus additional topics such as set theory and git. Its home page tells us “Take a whirlwind tour of your next favorite language”; I’ll bet it’s especially popular with applicants on their way to job interviews where languages that are new to them are in the job description.
In part one of this two-part series, we saw how the open source Snowman static web site generator can generate websites with data from a SPARQL endpoint. I showed how I created a sample website project with its
snowman new command and then reconfigured the project to retrieve a list of artists from the Rhizome ArtBase endpoint, a repository of data about digital artworks since 1999. Here in part two I will build on that to add lists of artists’ works with links to Rhizome pages about…
Snowman is an open-source project that generates static web sites from data served up by SPARQL endpoints. The history of the web is full of sites generated from relational database back ends, so it’s nice to see this significant step toward doing it with RDF data.