Re: What does SPARQL stand for?

If you want the oral history.  I came up with the SPARQL name.

I was *originally* thinking that it was Simple Protocol and RDF Query Language but when it started getting too complex (UNION, OPTIONAL, DESCRIBE) I felt it couldn't justify that any longer and the appeal of a recursive acronym was just too delicious.

The proposal and also how to pronounce sparql

The revised name proposal

So SPARQL is the SPARQL Protocol and RDF Query Language


On Oct 6, 2011, at 4:50 AM, Sebastian Hellmann wrote:

> Dear list,
> please clarify. I really hate not being able to answer simple questions.
> Here are the inconsistencies I found:
> SPARQL Protocol and RDF Query Language
> from
> (No authorative reference for the acronym found though)
> Simple Protocol and RDF Query Language
> from Jeffrey Pollock. Semantic Web for Dummies. John Wiley & Sons Inc., Chichester, West
> Sussex, Hoboken, NJ, 2009.
> SPARQL Query Language for RDF
> from
> SPARQL Protocol for RDF
> from
> What is the best and most recent document I should reference in an academic paper?
> All the best,
> Sebastian
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