[Crm-sig] problem of formulating queries is SPARQL it has transferred the old relational paradigm onto the graph structure?

Sebastian Rahtz sebastian.rahtz at oucs.ox.ac.uk
Thu May 24 12:16:54 EEST 2012


On 24 May 2012, at 10:04, Marco Neumann wrote:

> 
> I have just learned about this submission to Museums and the Web. The
> authors make the following statement:
> 
> "Last but not least, another problem of formulating queries is SPARQL
> (SPARQL Protocol and RDF Query Language). Most favored by information
> technology (IT) experts, it has transferred the old relational
> paradigm onto the graph structure of the Semantic Web, creating an
> incredibly complex system, even for specialists. In our applications,
> no IT expert was able to verify that a SPARQL query of the kind we
> present in this paper will yield the results intended by a domain
> expert simply by reading it." *

I think you could use exactly the same language about SQL. 
Neither SQL nor SPARQL will be easy to write, or even intuitively
readable, by a non-IT person. Both need wrapping up
in some other interface for real users, but both perform a
hugely valuable task in providing interoperable query specifications.

Sebastian Rahtz




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