Friday, October 14, 2005

All that Glitters does not, err, SPARQL

I was asked to review and comment on the specification for the SPARQL Query Language for RDF. The full review is here.

In short, I am impressed that the DAWG was able to produce a specification, but I can't help being disappointed in the results.

The Kowari community plans to implement it anyway, since it will become the standard RDF query language, but will have to extend it significantly. The iTQL language will remain the same, but will be deprecated as of the Kowari release which includes a SPARQL implementation extended to include all iTQL features. There is much discussion whether that is indeed practical.

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