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Re: semantic web tools in a shared hosting environment

From: Ivan Herman <ivan@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 18 Mar 2008 09:31:39 +0100
Message-ID: <47DF7DEB.3020809@w3.org>
To: "Johnson, Matthew C. (LNG-ALB)" <Matthew.C.Johnson@lexisnexis.com>
CC: semantic-web@w3.org
Matt & al,

I know this is a side-issue, but your question triggered a comment... 
You say:

[[[
I have looked on the W3C site at the list of tools but have found that 
the tools are not  always up-to-date and I do not necessarily know which 
tools work well together.
]]]

and I am sure you are right. May I repeat a request to the whole 
community, though? The site:

http://esw.w3.org/topic/SemanticWebTools

is a *wiki*. The very reason we have moved to a wiki page a few years 
ago was that this market is constantly evolving and a single person is 
not able to keep it up to date. Ie, it is under the 'control', so to 
say, of the community as a whole. In other words, please, pretty 
please:-), if you or anybody else find missing items, outdated 
information, then update that site... This is the interest of everyone 
of us.

Thanks to all!

Ivan


Johnson, Matthew C. (LNG-ALB) wrote:
> Hi all,
> 
>  
> 
> I’m hoping that someone can provide some advice/pointers on 
> setting-up/configuring semantic web tools (e.g. RDF parsers, SPARQL 
> services, etc.) in a shared hosting environment where one does not have 
> root access, etc.  Assuming that languages such as Perl, Python, and PHP 
> are accessible (but not Java), I’m really looking for some advice on 
> common tool scenarios that support basic RDF/RDFS, SPARQL, and would 
> allow for the possibility to extend to using OWL.  I have looked on the 
> W3C site at the list of tools but have found that the tools are not 
> always up-to-date and I do not necessarily know which tools work well 
> together.  I also think that the limitations of a shared environment 
> might play a role here (but am not sure).  Here are some specific 
> questions that I’ve asked myself over the past few months:
> 
>  
> 
>     * What Perl RDF/RDFS tools are up-to-date?  Do any support SPARQL? 
>       And is the installation [in a shared environment] straightforward?
>     * For SPARQL, is it best [again, considering the shared environment]
>       to reuse a generic SPARQL service rather than build my own “endpoint”?
>     * Is it reasonable to consider applying cwm in a CGI script?
>     * For a small-scale application, is a true “triple store” database
>       actually necessary?  Would it be simpler (especially for learning)
>       to simply use flat files?  If so, this would potentially simplify
>       my configuration work.
> 
>  
> 
> I realize that my question(s) may be somewhat vague but I’m having some 
> trouble in moving from conceptual understanding of the semantic web 
> concepts to an actual web implementation.  For now, this will be for my 
> own prototyping and play but in the future I have considered using the 
> Event ontology as a basis for a musician friend’s website which tracks 
> his “gig” schedule.  This has really been the basis for my questions.  
> Thanks for any comments/advice!
> 
>  
> 
> Matt (Johnson)
> 
>  
> 

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