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SPARQLBot - Your Semantic Web Commandline

SPARQLBot is now officially launched
Update: I added a Ubiquity script after a suggestion by Gautier.

SPARQLBot - Your Semantic Web Commandline SPARQLBot, the weekend project we started at SemanticCamp London, is now finally online at a proper home, and with a more solid toolset. I've ported the essential commands from the old site, and the "Getting Started" manual should be online later today as well.

What is SPARQLBot?

SPARQLBot is a web-based service that reads and writes Semantic Web data based on simple, human-friendly commands received via IRC or the Web. The command base can be freely extended using a browser-based editor. SPARQLBot can process microformats, RSS, several RDF serializations, and results from parameterized SPARQL queries.

New Features

SPARQLBot was more or less rewritten from scratch. Compared to the earlier version, things have become much more powerful, but also more simple and stable in many cases. The system can now:
  • operate on multiple freenode IRC channels (just send "join #channel" to "sparqlbot"),
  • reply to private IRC messages,
  • be accessed via the Ubiquity plugin
  • reuse other commands,
  • call web APIs via GET or POST,
  • access arbitrary SPARQL endpoints,
  • help you cut your way through the growing Linked Data cloud,
  • use a single command to combine results from federated SPARQL endpoints and datasets such as DBPedia, DBLP, the SemWeb Conference Corpus, GeoNames , CrunchBase, or flickr wrappr,
  • produce highly customizable output via SPARQL result templates,
  • OpenID-protect your commands,
  • cache results in a local SPARQL+-enabled store.
(please see the manual for details)

If you happen to be at ISWC next month and would like to have a look behind the scenes, I'll present SPARQL+ and SPARQLScript with SPARQL result templates during the poster session.

SPARQLScript - Semantic Mashups made easy

SPARQLScript gets loops and output templating and can now be used to build simple semantic mashups.
What is a scripting language without loops, or a Web language without a template mechanism? Not really usable. Yesterday, I finally added the two missing core features to my SPARQLScript processor, and I'm excited about eventually being able to test the whole thing. This is just the beginning (there is no string concatenation yet, and no WHILE blocks), but with the basic infrastructure (and documentation) in place, it's time to start gathering feedback. I'm going to upgrade SPARQLBot in the next couple of days which should be a fun way to explore the possibilities (also, it were the bot's users who triggered the creation of SPARQLScript in the first place).

So, what is it actually good for?

Mid-term-ish, I'm dreaming of an alternative to increasingly non-RDFy specs such as RIF and OWL2 (there is definitely some need for them, they just don't seem to really work for me and my Web stuff). Things like crawling, smushing, or custom inference tasks based on wild mixtures of RDFS, OWL, and SKOS should be doable with SPARQLScript.

Simple agents are another use case, as SPARQLScript simplifies task federation across multiple endpoints and RDF sources.

What's working already today is the creation of simple mashups and widgets. Below is a script that integrates status notices from my twitter and feeds, and then creates an HTML "lifestream" snippet. The (live!) result is embedded at the bottom of this post.
# global prefix declarations
PREFIX dc: <>
PREFIX rss: <>

# the target store

# refresh feeds every 30 minutes
$up2date = ASK FROM <script-infos> WHERE {
  <script-infos> dc:date ?date . FILTER (?date > "${NOW-30min}")
IF (!$up2date) {
  # load feeds
  LOAD <>
  LOAD <>
  # remember the update time
  INSERT INTO <script-infos> { <script-infos> dc:date "${NOW}" }

# retrieve items
$items = SELECT * WHERE {
  ?item a rss:item ;
        rss:title ?title ;
        dc:date ?date .

# output template
"""<h4>My online lifestream:</h4>
FOR ($item in $items) {
  """<li><a href="${item.item}">${item.title}</a></li>"""

(S)mashups here we come :)

SPARQLBot wins "Scripting for the Semantic Web" Challenge

SPARQLBot won 1st prize at the ESWC2008 Scripting for the Semantic Web Challenge
I couldn't afford attending this year's ESWC in person. This is a pity as the annual "Scripting for the Semantic Web" (SFSW) Workshop is part of the main conference, and I would have loved to meet the SemWeb Scripting community. I did send in a submission to the SFSW scripting challenge, though, and if the tweets that came through the Tenerife net bottleneck are right, it was worth the effort :-)

And the 2nd prize went to SMOB, the SemWebby Twitter. Congratulations to Alexandre, Tuukka, Uldis, and John! (Cool to see ARC used in their project, too.)

I promised T-Shirts to ARC's core contributors some time ago, and I think I'll use the prize (kindly sponsored by the SemWeb masters at Talis) to finally create and send out some Thank-Yous to the community.

SPARQLBot wins SFSW Challenge 2008


Michael Hausenblas has written an intro to SPARQLBot
While SPARQLBot was mostly a fun hack for last week's SemanticCamp, there is still a lot of activity on the #sparqlbot channel (it actually seems to increase). More than 30 SPARQL commands have been created. Michael Hausenblas now kindly created an introduction that gives a nice overview of the stuff that has been added to the command collection so far: SPARQLBot 101. Have fun, and thanks, Michael!

Back from SemanticCamp London

SemanticCamp London was just great.
SemanticCamp BadgeLike many other SemWeb weavers, I followed Tom's call for last week-end's SemanticCamp London. So much fun! I used the opportunity to discuss a number of ideas I've been pondering for quite some time, and it was great to be able to get more direct insights from microformats community members. I had the impression that the event helped bringing RDFers and microformateers a little closer together. At least in the conversations I had. There was no childish "your approach is flawed/too limited/doomed to fail", and I think I didn't hear a single (serious) "fundamentally". A lot of "I prefer", "I don't like", and a number of tongue-in-cheek comments, but that's cool as part of a starting dialog. Much better than the progress-blocking arrogance we've seen for much too long (in both camps, btw).

I tried to substantiate this "common goal, complementary tech" notion with two little interactive demos and a tech pitch:
  • On saturday we created SPARQLBot, an IRC Bot based on ARC/Trice that aggregates XFN, hCard, and FOAF data, and lets you explore your "online social graph" with simple IRC commands. SPARQLBot is a nice example how the huge amount of high-quality microformats data can be combined with RDF technologies such as flexible storage and simple querying. (And that it only took a few hours to implement a working demo also shows how SemWeb technologies can significantly improve Web app development.)
  • I pulled an all-nighter from Sat to Sun and managed to demo the knowee beta on Sunday. There are still a few bugs to fix, but an official announcement should come soon now. knowee allows you to consolidate portable social network data (XFN, hCard, FOAF, feeds) and to manage the collected information via a freebase-like hyperdata editor.
  • mofo-style API, and a proper test suite, which still seems to be lacking. The RDF crowd would get a way to access microformats as resource descriptions, with the ability to map those to their RDF vocab of choice. It could perhaps even be possible to auto-generate GRDDL XSLTs from the micrordf definitions. More on this soon.

As Yves put it already: Yay for SemanticCamp!


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