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Re: Tools for transforming data to RDF

From: Kingsley Idehen <kidehen@openlinksw.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Mar 2010 07:27:40 -0500
Message-ID: <4B97903C.30003@openlinksw.com>
To: Alasdair Logan <alasdair.logan@yahoo.co.uk>
CC: Linked Data community <public-lod@w3.org>
Alasdair Logan wrote:
> Hey all,
> I was wondering if anyone is familiar with tools to convert data into RDF triples and Linked Data. They can be for any data format i.e. XML, CSV, plain text etc. 
> Im doing this as part of a pilot study for my Master's project so i'm just trying get a general view of any tools used.
> Thanks in advance
> Ally


1. http://virtuoso.openlinksw.com/dataspace/dav/wiki/Main/VirtSponger -- 
Virtuoso Sponger Middleware
-- Animation covering how it works
3. http://uriburner.com -- live instance of the Virtuoso Sponger behinds 
a domain.

If you want to get going with Linked Data deployment without writing 
code or grappling with Linked Data deployment nuances you can choose any 
of the following routes:

1. Point Linked Data oriented user agents to URIBurner via <link/> in 
the <head/> section of your existing (X)HTML resources
2. Install your own copy of Virtuoso with the Sponger Middleware 
component enabled (your own desktop, workgroup, data center, or Amazon 
EC2 AMI) and repeat step #1 within your network such that the 
"authority" component of the proxy/wrapper URIs it generates reflect 
canonical names from your network .

If you a specific domain expertise and seek higher fidelity linked data 
graphs from the sponger, simply tweak or write one of the following:

1. Extractor Cartridge -- this is the basic RDFizer component that 
produces an initial RDF model based graph from non RDF model data sources
2. Meta Cartridge - this is a function specific Cartridge that hooks 
into specialist services via APIs en route to performing lookups and 
joins across the LOD Cloud as part of a Linked Data graph augmentation 
pipeline .

At the current time, there are 30+ distinct Basic and Meta Cartridges 
developed for the Virtuoso Sponger (all are in use when you work with 



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