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

martin martin at ics.forth.gr
Thu May 24 19:11:13 EEST 2012

Hi Marco,

I am not sure what W3C recommendations have to do with the cognitive world
experts in the cultural-historical domain.

But with respect to the statement we made,
nobody in our team, including me, could sufficiently fast understand the 
150 SPARQL queries to verify that they do what was intended.

I could however put an archaeologist in our team to write queries as 
graphs containing
question marks after an hour of training.

We had implemented very different query paradigms for semantic networks 
in the past,
which in our environment turned out to cause less cognitive overload.

That's just an empirical statement. Generalization are, as always, as 
target of criticism.
I would be happy if our provocation would trigger empirical cognitive 



On 24/5/2012 12:40 μμ, Dominic Oldman wrote:
> 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
> Best,
> Dominic
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> On Behalf Of Marco Neumann
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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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