Taking Advantage of Existing Linked Data

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odby Angela Guess

Jennifer Riggins recently wrote for Programmable Web, “There’s no doubt that from a developer’s standpoint, the breadth of big data can seem both exciting and overwhelming. And there’s a dizzying number of big data analytics tools to help us interpret and connect for sensible linked data. In fact, with no right tool, it may seem better to just create your own. We do not recommend that. Instead of starting from scratch, today we offer you some tips on how to take advantage of existing Linked Data networks to make sense of this world of data and the people living in it.”

Riggins goes on to share three great resources for freely available linked data sets. First up, “(1) DBPedia: the crowd-sourced, Linked Data version of Wikipedia, in an effort to extract structured information from the world’s encyclopedia: Not very up-to-date, around twice a year synchronized with Wikipedia; But a free RDF download; SPARQL endpoint for route access to the database [dbpedia-owl:wikiPageID]; DBPedia lookup API.”

The list continues, “(2) Dandelion API: Semantic text analytics as a service: Semantic APIs like this help you make Like Queries for similar semantic context; 1,000 free requests per day; Provides links through DBPedia. (3) Gruff: a free, downloadable grapher-based triple-store RDF browser: another semantic API; free and you can connect SPARQL endpoints without having to know anything about the SPARQL query language; visualizes the relationship between data, including how they are connected and similarities based on Wikipedia information.”

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photo credit: DBpedia

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