SPARQL queries of the Billboard Hot 100

Current and historical data!

Wikipedia describes the Billboard Hot 100 as “the music industry standard record chart in the United States for songs, published weekly by Billboard magazine. Chart rankings are based on sales (physical and digital), online streaming, and radio airplay in the U.S.” A song that ranks highly there is a hit song (in the U.S.) by definition. The data goes back to the beginning of the chart’s history in 1958, when Rick Nelson’s Poor Little Fool was the number one song.

Visualizing RDF

I see nodes and edges...

I recently did a review of options for creating visual representations of RDF data. I didn’t just want a general visualization tool, but something that understood RDF enough to represent class instances and literal values differently. I will emphasize instances because several tools out there can read RDF schema or ontologies and create a visualization of classes and their relationships and potential properties, but I want to see instances with their property values.

I’ve understood SPARQL’s property path features well enough to demo them in the “Searching Further in the Data” section of my book Learning SPARQL. (See example files ex074 - ex085.) To be honest, I have very rarely used them in actual queries that I’ve written. I’ve only just realized how the property path slash operator can help with a pattern that I have used in a large percentage of my queries. It makes these queries more concise and removes at least one…