Last week we officially released
Virtuoso 5.0.1 (in Commercial and Open Source Editions). The
press release provided us with an official mechanism and timestamp
for the current Virtuoso feature set.
A vital component of the new Virtuoso release is the
finalization of our SQL to RDF mapping functionality -- enabling
the declarative mapping of SQL Data to RDF. Additional technical
insight covering other new features (delivered and pending) is
provided by Orri Erling, as
part of a series of post-Banff posts.
A majority of the world's data (especially in the enterprise
realm) resides in SQL Databases. In addition, Open Access to the
data residing in said databases remains the biggest challenge to
enterprises for the following reasons:
Enterprises have known from the beginning of modern corporate
times that data access, discovery, and manipulation capabilities
are inextricably linked to the "Real-time Enterprise" nirvana
(hence my use of 0.0 before this becomes 3.0).
In my experience, as someone whose operated in the data access
and data integration realms since the late '80s, I've painfully
observed enterprises pursue, but unsuccessfully attain, full
control over enterprise data (the prized asset of any organization)
such that data-, information-, knowledge-workers are just a click
away from commencing coherent platform and database independent
data drill-downs and/or discovery that transcend intranet,
internet, and extranet boundaries -- serendipitous interaction with
relevant data, without compromise!
Okay, situation analysis done, we move on..
At our most recent (12th
June) monthly Semantic
Web Gathering, I unveiled to TimBL and a host
of other attendees a simple, but powerful, demonstration of how
as an aspect of the
Semantic Data Web, can be applied to enterprise data
The vision of data, information, or knowledge at your fingertips
is nigh! Thanks to the infrastructure provided by the Semantic Data
Web (URIs, RDF
Data Model, variety of RDF Serialization Formats,
and Shared Data Dictionaries / Schemas / Ontologies )
it's now possible to Virtualize enterprise data from the Physical
Storage Level, through the Logical Data Management Levels
(Relational), up to a Concrete Conceptual Model (Graph) without
operating system, development environment or framework, or database
We produce a shared ontology for the CRM and Business Reporting
Domains. I hope this experiment clarifies how this is quite
achievable by converting XML Schemas to RDF Data Dictionaries (RDF
Schemas or Ontologies). Stay tuned :-)
Also watch TimBL amplify and
articulate Linked Data value in a recent interview.
To deliver a mechanism that facilitates the crystallization of
this reality is a contribution of boundless magnitude (as we shall
all see in due course). Thus, it is easy to understand why even
"her majesty", the queen of England, simply had to get in on the
act and appoint TimBL to the
"British Order of Merit" :-)
Note: All of the demos above now work with IE & Safari (a
"remember what Virtuoso is epiphany") by simply putting Virtuoso's
DBMS hosted XSLT engine to use :-) This also applies to my earlier
collection of demos from the
Hello Data Web and other
Data Web & Linked Data related demo style posts.
About this entry:
Author: Kingsley Uyi Idehen
Published: 06/14/2007 15:28 GMT-0500
Modified: 02/04/2008 23:19 GMT-0500
Tags: atom , rdf , xml , xslt , sql_server , jdbc , sql , odbc , semanticweb , foaf , sioc , skos , socialnetworking , virtuoso , openlink , DataSpace , unified_storage , .net , dataspace
Categories: Demos , Virtual Database , Data Access , Industry News , SQL , Semantic Web , Programming , Content Syndication
Comment Status: 1
There needs to be a 3rd location to push your data to, sharing
it, and then that mythical location pays for the bandwidth.
maya.com, google base and freebase.org seem to be moving in that
direction...but a group of disparate corporations opening up their
SQL dbs to RDF queries? Just doesn't seem likely.