Great Lakes Software Symposium

November 8 - 10, 2013

Describing and Linking Resources: RDF and SPARQL

Saturday - Nov 9 3:15 PM - Stanford

Brian Sletten

Brian Sletten

Forward Leaning Software Engineer

This is the second in a new series on resource-oriented systems. The goal of the series is to provide practical guidance on the design and implementation of next generation systems that are flexible, extensible, high-performance and future-friendly. The talks are designed to work as arc, building upon each other, but they should also stand alone. This second talk is an introduction to the use of Semantic Web technologies to enable collaboration without coordination.

REST is a means to an end, but it is not a satisfactory end state. It usually pushes complexity to the client in ways that make data integration difficult across multiple sources. The W3C Semantic Web initiative introduces us to new technologies for linking resources and querying across them in powerful new ways. We will learn about the RDF model, what it brings to the table and how we can use it connect information regardless of where and how it is stored. We will use the SPARQL protocol and query language to ask powerful questions of arbitrary resources. We will also see how we can create new information just by asking for it.

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About Brian Sletten

Brian Sletten is a liberal arts-educated software engineer with a focus on forward-leaning technologies. His experience has spanned many industries including retail, banking, online games, defense, finance, hospitality and health care. He has a B.S. in Computer Science from the College of William and Mary and lives in Auburn, CA. He focuses on web architecture, resource-oriented computing, social networking, the Semantic Web, data science, 3D graphics, visualization, scalable systems, security consulting and other technologies of the late 20th and early 21st Centuries. He is also a rabid reader, devoted foodie and has excellent taste in music. If pressed, he might tell you about his International Pop Recording career.