Data often resides in multiple, disconnected silos. This creates unnecessary duplication of data and hides valuable information. By using the W3C Resource Description Framework standard RDF, one can expose siloed data in a graph. RDF graph databases allow powerful interaction with the data by using the SPARQL graph query language.
Swiss Data Alliance offers workshops for members and external companies conducted by Zazuko GmbH to learn about RDF, the Linked Data technology stack and its query language SPARQL. The workshop will take place at Statistik Kanton Zürich.
In this two-day workshop participants learn about the motivation and features of the technology and what kind of problems can be addressed with it. It is compared to models like relational databases and NoSQL and explains how existing systems and their data can be integrated and exposed as a graph. Basic concepts of schema and ontologies are explained.
In hands-on examples, participants will transform existing data to RDF and learn basic querying with SPARQL to reveal interesting facts in data sets. The training also provides an overview of both open source and commercial software solutions and shows how RDF integration in common programming languages looks like.