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W3C Workshop on
RDF Access to Relational Databases

25-26 October, 2007 — Cambridge, MA, USA
Hosted by Novartis

RDF is being used to express many types of data, including relational data. Early approaches involved exporting a snapshot of the database into RDF, but recent work has focused on rewriting queries from SPARQL to SQL, or even direct interpretation of SPARQL by the database.

This workshop focuses on RDF expressions of conventional relational data, it including, but not limited to, RDF queries of relational databases.

After the Workshop

The Workshop Report provides a summary of the event, while the Meeting Minutes give more details and link to contributed session notes. The program provides links to slides, notes, and minutes for each session. We also have the attendee list.


The list of registered participants is available.


The accepted papers is available.


The program is available. Note the guidelines for presentations.

Before the Workshop

Call For Participation (CFP)

The Call for Participation was issued 20 July 2007.

Workshop Venue

The workshop was held at the:

250 Massachusetts Ave,
Cambridge, MA 02139, USA

Please see Novartis's directions and maps. Attendees should enter the building from Mass Ave (into the courtyard) — the auditorium is the second building on the left.

Parking is not available through Novartis. The Logan Airport Homepage has useful links about using public transportation.

Area Hotels

Several hotels in the area:

See the Google map of the area.

Please send mail about the workshop to eric+rdfb at w3.org . Technical mail about query relational databases with SPARQL should go to and other technical mail should go to the the RDF interest group semantic-web@w3.org .

Eric Prud'hommeaux, W3C
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