BASIL: A Cloud Platform for Sharing and Reusing SPARQL Queries as Web APIs

Daga, Enrico; Panziera, Luca and Pedrinaci, Carlos (2015). BASIL: A Cloud Platform for Sharing and Reusing SPARQL Queries as Web APIs. In: Proceedings of the ISWC 2015 Posters & Demonstrations Track co-located with the 14th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC-2015) (Villata, Serena; Pan, Jeff Z. and Dragoni, Mauro eds.), article no. 41.

Abstract

One of the reasons why Web APIs are more used to consume open data compared to SPARQL endpoints is the expertise required to use the query language. Therefore, a tool for sharing and reusing existing real queries could help developers on adopting Linked Data. We propose BASIL, a cloud platform that supports sharing and reusing SPARQL queries. In BASIL, loaded queries generate Web APIs that can be used in applications instead of embedding the call to the SPARQL endpoints, thus facilitating query maintenance and evolution. Compared to similar solutions, BASIL aims on minimising the learning curve for users to promote its adoption. BASIL is a simple platform that does not introduce new specifications, formalisms and technologies for users that belong to both Web APIs and Linked Data communities.

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