At OpenLink, we've been investigating LinqToRdf, an exciting project from Andrew Matthews that seeks to expose the Semantic Web technology space to the large community of .NET developers.

The LinqToRdf project is about binding LINQ to RDF. It sits atop Joshua Tauberer's C# based Semantic Web/RDF library which has been out there for a while and works across Microsoft .NET and it's open source variant "Mono".

Historically, the Semantic Web realm has been dominated by RDF frameworks such as Sesame, Jena and Redland; which by their Open Source orientation, predominantly favor non-Windows platforms (Java and Linux). Conversely, Microsoft's .NET frameworks have sought to offer Conceptualization technology for heterogeneous Logical Data Sources via .NET's Entity Frameworks and ADO.NET, but without any actual bindings to RDF.

Interestingly, believe it or not, .NET already has a data query language that shares a number of similarities with SPARQL, called Entity-SQL, and a very innovative programming language called LINQ; that offers a blend of constructs for natural data access and manipulation across relational (SQL), hierarchical (XML), and graph (Object) models without the traditional object language->database impedance tensions of the past.

With regards to all of the above, we've just released a mini white paper that covers the exploitation of RDF-based Linked Data using .NET via LINQ. The paper offers a an overview of LinqToRdf, plus enhancements we've contributed to the project (available in LinqToRdf v0.8.). The paper includes real-world examples that tap into a MusicBrainz powered Linked Data Space, the Music Ontology, the Virtuoso RDF Quad Store, Virtuoso Sponger Middleware, and our RDfization Cartridges for Musicbrainz.