A diverse web requires decentralized data storage and maintenance. According to MIT’s Tim Berners-Lee, “it is about making links, so that a person or machine can explore the web of data. With Linked Data, when you have some of it, you can find other, related, data”.
We are now happy to announce that in a joint effort MIT CSAIL, Ghent University and Zazuko GmbH decided to merge their efforts under the new name RDF.js. In particular the code of RDF-Ext, N3.js and rdflib.js as well as a modular SPARQL engine will be aligned and published on GitHub in the organization RDFJS.
Ghent University’s Ruben Verborgh states that “The usage of RDF and Linked Data on the web gained a lot of traction in the past years. By concentrating our efforts, we’re paving the road for a new generation of web applications, benefiting both developers and end users”.
The Decentralized Information Group at CAIL/MIT is exploring how to radically change the way Web applications work today, resulting in decentralized architectures that enable true data ownership with the Solid project; working on frameworks that ensure information can be shared, used, and manipulated in a way that is compliant with regulation, business rules, social norms, and user preferences; investigating methodologies to make algorithms trustworthy and accountable, as well as harnessing mobile technologies for disaster relief.
About Ghent University
IDLab at Ghent University – imec focuses on the “Web” part of the Semantic Web, by building tools and projects to publish, query, and process data at Web scale.
About Zazuko GmbH
Zazuko is an owner-managed consulting company for Semantic Web and related technologies. Based on profound experience, we support our customers in successfully developing software based on the Linked Data stack. By integrating both internal and external data, Zazuko empowers organizations to optimize their core business activities. We enable linking any kind of information with any other information, no matter where the information lives.
I’ve been working recently on a rewrite of YASGUI (a tool I wrote a year ago) from the ground up. I’ve decided to take a more modular approach, publishing components of YASGUI as separate JS libraries.
The results are:
Yet Another Sparql Query Editor (YASQE, http://yasgui.github.io/YASQE/). Key features are:
Enrichting your (often plain-text) SPARQL endpoint now requires only one or two lines of JS to instantiate YASR and/or YASQE. Other possiblities include fancy integration of SPARQL queries in online documentation, or tools such as iPython notebook.
If you have some feedback, let me know.
ps. Both tools are available via npm as well: https://www.npmjs.org/package/yasgui-yasqe and https://www.npmjs.org/package/yasgui-yasr