Spreading the Word About SPARQL, RDF, and the Semantic Web

Bob DuCharme has shared some interesting insights regarding SPARQL, RDF, and Big Data. He writes, "I think it's obvious that SPARQL and other RDF-related technologies have plenty to offer to the overlapping worlds of Big Data and NoSQL, but this doesn't seem as obvious to people who focus on those areas. For example, the program for this week's Strata conference makes no mention of RDF or SPARQL. The more I look into it, the more I see that this flexible, standardized data model and query language align very well with what many of those people are trying to do."

Bob DuCharme, Solutions Architect, TopQuadrant"But," he goes on, "we semantic web types can't blame them for not noticing. If you build a better mouse trap, the world won't necessarily beat a path to your door, because they have to find out about your mouse trap and what it does better. This requires marketing, which requires talking to those people in language that they understand, so I've been reading up on Big Data and NoSQL in order to better appreciate what they're trying to do and how. A great place to start is the excellent (free!) booklet Planning for Big Data by Edd Dumbill. (Others contributed a few chapters.) For a start, he describes data that 'doesn't fit the strictures of your database architectures' as a good candidate for Big Data approaches. That's a good start for us."

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