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Re: Lightweight Java RDF libraries

From: Jean-Marc Vanel <jeanmarc.vanel@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 12 Sep 2011 14:49:40 +0200
Message-ID: <CANwvFKB=E4r627r37FvA8CzUKOePeNCYvBrT0rOBAG3oF-L6UQ@mail.gmail.com>
To: Norman Gray <norman@astro.gla.ac.uk>
Cc: Linking Open Data <public-lod@w3.org>
That's a good question that I asked myself when I started EulerGUI.
And I couldn't also find a right answer.
Then the project, geared towards GUI and rules, proceeded, and I
forgot the question. We used Jena for parsing RDF/XML, OWL-API for
And for N3 including quoted graphs and rules, we built a parser.
Then , along the way , we built an API able to parse any RDF dialect (
Turtle/N3, RDF/XML, OWL/XML, and more  ) .
Here is a sample:

		SourceFactory factory = new SourceFactory();
		N3Source n3 = factory.addSource(new URL(
		ParserLink pl = new ParserLink();
		pl.parse( n3 );
		ListStorageTripleHandler handler = new ListStorageTripleHandler();
		pl.visitAllURI( handler );
		System.out.println( handler.getTriples() );
		List<ITriple> triples = handler.getTriples();
		System.out.println( triples );

To do this , these 3 jar are needed :

eulergui-1.9-SNAPSHOT.jar 1031194
/home/jmv/.m2/repository/parser4j/all/trunk3/all-trunk3.jar 383791
log4j-1.2.16.jar 481535

which amounts to this total :
1031194 + 383791 + 481535
1,896,520 bytes

2011/9/12 Norman Gray <norman@astro.gla.ac.uk>:
> Greetings.
> Can anyone point me towards a simple/lightweight Java RDF library?
> Here, I mean 'lightweight' in the sense of having a small API, rather than a small jar, because if one is trying to persuade people that RDF is a useful and practical thing, then hauling out a manual which could crush a small donkey is a difficult place to start.  I want an RDF gateway drug^Wlibrary.
> All I really want to be able to (demonstrate I can) do is to read and write RDF/XML and Turtle, create triples, and iterate through a graph.   Simple inference I wouldn't say no to, but wouldn't need; and SPARQL would be unnecessary for the scope and userbase I have in mind.
> Ideally, I'd like to be able to say "here is a little jar to put on your classpath, and here is a webpage with a few examples which make simple things simple; have fun".
> Jena I've used a lot, and like, but ... well, see remarks about maltreated donkeys above.  Sesame I've used less, but it's still a four-types-of-batteries included solution.
> JRDF <http://jrdf.sourceforge.net/> is I think intended to be small, but looking at its documentation, it seems to have become fuller-featured over time.  Also, it's marked as 'inactive', which is nudging one away from using it for new projects.
> rdf2go looks attractive, and seems to be aimed in part at the same semweb-sceptical userbase.  But as an abstraction layer over other triple stores, it fails my 'one jar' goal.
> I imagine it would be possible to try to extract some some sort of bare-bones Jena subset, but I can't help thinking that would be quite a lot of work (I haven't looked at the feasibility in any detail).
> Yes, disk space is cheap, and yes, I can' just write a "primer for sceptics" set of examples, but if there's a bare-bones librarylet knocking around, that I haven't found, then I'd like to use it, and I imagine the LOD list would know of it.
> Thanks for any pointers.
> All the best,
> Norman
> --
> Norman Gray  :  http://nxg.me.uk
> SUPA School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Glasgow, UK

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