Realizing the Benefits of Linked Geospatial Data with R2RML and GeoSPARQL
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  Souripriya Das   Souripriya Das
  Matthew Perry   Matthew Perry
Consultant Member of Technical Staff


Monday, January 30, 2017
01:00 PM - 02:30 PM

Level:  Technical - Intermediate

Learn from editors of the W3C R2RML and OGC GeoSPARQL standards.

The web of data is growing, and web applications are using more of this linked data every day. The benefits of linked data are far reaching. For example, government organizations are using linked data to make it easier for citizens to discover and use government data (e.g., both the Italian and Japanese Statistics agencies provide a public SPARQL endpoint), and major search engines understand URIs. The geospatial component of this web of data is critical, because location is an inherent part of almost all human activity. Traditional spatial data infrastructures (SDIs), however, are aimed at expert users and typically offer data in hard to process formats, which makes it hard for non-experts and general purpose Web tools to access this data.

This tutorial will cover key technologies that can help overcome these barriers and integrate data from SDIs into the Web of data, namely the W3C Relational Databases to RDF (RDB2RDF) standards and the OGC GeoSPARQL standard. Attendees will learn:

  • The benefits of publishing geospatial data as linked data
  • How to use the W3C RDB2RDF standards to map Relational data to RDF
  • How to use RDB2RDF Direct Mapping to automatically generate an RDF mapping
  • How to use the RDB to RDF Mapping Language (R2RML) to create a custom RDF mapping
  • How to use the OGC GeoSPARQL standard to model and query Linked Geospatial Data
  • Key techniques for creating RDB2RDF mappings for traditional spatial databases
  • How to use R2RML together with GeoSPARQL to avoid expensive ETL processes and provide virtual Linked Geospatial Data

Souripriya Das, Ph.D., a.k.a. Souri, pioneered the work on semantic technologies in Oracle and has led the development effort since its inception in 2002. Prior to taking up semantic technologies, he was the lead developer and project leader for novel database features at Oracle. Souri was a co-editor of the W3C R2RML (RDB2RDF Mapping Language) Recommendation and has represented Oracle at several W3C Working Groups: RDB2RDF, RDF, and SPARQL. Souri currently works for Oracle as an Architect. Souri has a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Rutgers University, M.S. from Vanderbilt University, and B.Tech. from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) at Kharagpur. His other interests lie in trying to understand the philosophy of life, evolution of the Universe, and playing soccer with friends.

Matthew Perry, Ph.D., joined the Semantic Technologies team at Oracle in 2008. His primary responsibility is development of the SPARQL query engine for Oracle Spatial and Graph – RDF Semantic Graph. Matthew was co-editor of the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) GeoSPARQL specification and has served as an Oracle representative in the W3C SPARQL 1.1 and Spatial Data on the Web Working Groups. Matthew holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering from Wright State University and a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Georgia. His research interests include Semantic Web query languages and query processing.

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