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Call for Participation in Declarative Linked Data Apps Community Group

The Declarative Linked Data Apps Community Group has been launched:

The mission of this group is to produce a specification that describes how Web and Linked Data applications can be built using declarative technologies only, minimizing the need for source code.

Current software development models involve writing source code (mostly in imperative languages) and building programs from it. Source code is prone to bugs, and managing it requires developers. The declarative approach is instead to push as much application logic from source code to data, so that the application can be managed and reused as data itself, while the software becomes generic and application-independent.

This approach is related to functional languages and to processing pipelines. The generic software works as a processor: it takes the incoming request and the declarative application description and runs it through a pipeline, first retrieving the state of the requested resource (or changing it) and then rendering it into the requested format, such as a Web page. This is similar to an XSLT processor transforming XML documents.

Graphity is a production-level platform for declarative end-user Linked Data applications with an RDF triplestore backend. It processes ontologies describing application structure, which seamlessly combine multiple declarative technolgies: URI templates, SPIN SPARQL templates, XSLT stylesheets (both server- and client-side), and RDF/POST encoding.

Please join this group if you’re interested in any practical or theoretical aspects of Linked Data, declarative technologies, or Graphity software.

In order to join the group, you will need a W3C account.

This is a community initiative. This group was originally proposed on 2014-02-18 by Dziugas Tornau. The following people supported its creation: Dziugas Tornau, Martynas Jusevicius, Arto Bendiken, james anderson, Brad Jones. W3C’s hosting of this group does not imply endorsement of its activities.

The group now has access to W3C-hosted services for email, blog, wikis, irc, tracking tools, and more. Read more about tools and services available by default and upon request.

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W3C Community Development Team