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

Dominic Oldman DOLDMAN at thebritishmuseum.ac.uk
Thu May 24 12:40:47 EEST 2012


Hi Marco,

As Sebastian says, we have to use SPARQL. However, just because it is
the W3C standard doesn't mean you can't criticise it. However, just like
with SQL we are all looking at ways to help museum practitioners (does
this include our curators undertaking digital research projects) explore
data effectively, transparently and with reproducibility, and making use
of the technology with something additional to the SPARQL Endpoint (this
lack of additional tools perhaps explaining lack of take up).

The ICOM statement,

"Alternative Proposal for an ICOM-CIDOC Resolution on URIs for Museum
Objects / Linked Open Data", is more high level statement and the
statement that we are currently being asked to agree. It doesn't mention
SPARQL.

Best,

Dominic

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British Museum
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On Behalf Of Marco Neumann
Sent: 24 May 2012 10:04
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Subject: [Crm-sig] problem of formulating queries is SPARQL it has
transferred the old relational paradigm onto the graph structure?

Hi Martin et al

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." *

*
A New Framework for Querying Semantic Networks - Museums and the Web
2012
http://www.museumsandtheweb.com/mw2012/papers/a_new_framework_for_queryi
ng_semantic_networks

I find this to be a misleading statement by the authors since SPARQL
is the recommendation by W3C to query RDF data. Would you not
recommend SPARQL to museum practitioners to query RDF data?

Regards,
Marco



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