Semantic Web-related packages in Ubuntu 11.10


There has been quite substantial activity around Semantic Web packages in Debian recently, 
and these efforts also automatically go into Ubuntu. Ubuntu has just gone into 
"DebianImportFreeze", meaning that packages have up to now been automatically imported 
from Debian. From now on, new packages requires extra manual effort to go in. I therefore 
think it is time to review the packages that have now entered the upcoming Ubuntu 11.10 
release, which is due out on the 13th of October. The following packages will most likely 
enter Ubuntu 11.10 with the current version. In some cases, the source packages contain 
more than one binary package, in which case I may not write all down.

liblicense-rdf - RDF metadata about media license choices (v 0.8-2.1build2)
mediawiki-semediawiki - Semantic MediaWiki helps to organise and search MediaWiki content (v 1.4.0-2)
swaml - Semantic Web Archive of Mailing Lists (v 0.1.1-1)
libsemweb1.0-cil - Semantic Web/RDF library (v 1.05+dfsg-4build1)
virtuoso-opensource - Virtuoso with lots of binary packages (v 6.1.2+dfsg1-1ubuntu4) 
samizdat - Collaboration and open publishing engine (v 0.6.2-2)
buxon - SIOC forums browser (v 0.0.4-1)
libsoprano4 - libraries for the Soprano RDF framework (v 2.6.0+dfsg.1-4) 
soprano-daemon - daemon for the Soprano RDF framework (v 2.6.0+dfsg.1-4) 
morla - GTK+ RDF editor (v 0.16.1-1)
libarc-php - Flexible RDF system for semantic web and PHP practitioners (v 2~20101006-2)

Redland consists of many source packages, which contains again a number of binary packages. 
These are the source packages: 
raptor2 (v 2.0.3-1) 
rasqal (v 0.9.25-2) 
redland (v 1.0.13-3) 
redland-bindings (v
It seems Raptor 1 will be removed.

Python toolkits:

python-swap - Semantic Web Area for Play (v 1.2.1-4.1)
swap-cwm - RDF/XML and RDF/N3 semantic web data processor (v 1.2.1-4.1)
python-4suite-xml - An open-source platform for XML and RDF processing
python-rdflib - RDF library containing an RDF triple store and RDF/XML parser/serializer (v 2.4.2-1build1) 

C(++) libraries
libserd-0-0 - lightweight RDF syntax library (plus other packages) (v (0.4.2-2)
libpaq0 - library for parsing and querying RDF data (plus other packages) (v 1.0.4-3)

Then, there is a whole bunch of Perl modules:

librdf-acl-perl - access control lists for the semantic web (v 0.101-1)
librdf-helper-properties-perl - shortcuts to retrieve certain information (v 0.10-1) 
librdf-icalendar-perl - convert between RDF and iCalendar (v 0.002-1)
librdf-kml-exporter-perl - export RDF geo data to KML (Google Earth) (v 0.001-1)
librdf-linkeddata-perl - Linked Data server implementation (v 0.30-1)
librdf-microturtle-perl - parser for MicroTurtle (v 0.001-2)
librdf-prefixes-perl - simple way to turn URIs into QNames (v 0.001-1)
librdf-query-client-perl - get data from W3C SPARQL Protocol 1.0 servers (v 0.105-1)
librdf-query-perl - RDF query implementation of SPARQL/RDQL in Perl (v 2.907-1)
librdf-rdfa-generator-perl - generate some data in RDFa (v 0.101-1)
librdf-rdfa-parser-perl - flexible RDFa parser (v 1.094-2)
librdf-trin3-perl - notation 3 extensions for RDF::Trine (v 0.129-1)
librdf-trine-node-literal-xml-perl - RDF Node class for XML Literals (v 0.16-1)
librdf-trine-perl - RDF Framework for Perl (v 0.135-2)
librdf-trineshortcuts-perl - totally unauthorised module for cheats and charlatans (v 0.104-1)
librdf-vcard-perl - convert between RDF and vCard (v 0.007-2)
libtest-rdf-perl - Test RDF data for content, validity and equality (v 0.22-1)
libcgi-auth-foaf-ssl-perl - authentication using WebID (v 1.001-4)
libhtml-html5-microdata-parser-perl - fairly experimental parser for HTML 'microdata' (v 0.031-1)
libhtml-microformats-perl - parse microformats in HTML (v 0.103-2)
libxml-atom-microformats-perl - parse microformats in Atom content (v 0.002-3) 
libxml-atom-owl-perl - parse an Atom file into RDF (v 0.102-2)
libxml-grddl-perl - transform XML and XHTML to RDF (v 0.003-1)
libgeo-googleearth-pluggable-perl- export RDF geo data to KML (Google Earth) (v 0.13-2)

Finally, 4store has also gone into Debian without problems, but Ubuntu seems to have 
some problems with it.

I think this is an important step for Semantic Web, as it puts the tools on many more 
systems and lowers the maintainance costs for deployed system. I'd like to thank those 
who have been involved in writing and packaging these systems. 


Kjetil Kjernsmo
PhD Research Fellow, University of Oslo, Norway
Semantic Web / SPARQL Query Federation    

Received on Wednesday, 6 July 2011 12:52:05 UTC