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Semantic Web: 2023 MOOC
YASGUI is an application for easily using SPARQL endpoints, it can be accessed at http://yasgui.org/
Get acquainted with the tool and submit the example query to DBpedia.
Note: The first exercise requires the usage of developer tools in your web browser, e.g. integrated DevTools
in Firefox or Chrome (can be opened by pressing F12-key (Linux/Windows) or right-clicking the page and
selecting “Inspect element” or “Inspect”).
Open developer tools on the site http://yasgui.org/. Open the Network panel in developer
tools and run the default query with the developer tools open. The Network panel shows
what sort of HTTP request is used to send the SPARQL query to the DBpedia SPARQL endpoint
(http://dbpedia.org/sparql) and what the response looks like.
You should check at least the “Header” and “Response” tabs
of the loaded object (for Firefox users, the “Params” tab is also worth checking).
What is the parameter name that is used for sending the SPARQL query in HTTP GET or POST request?
Write only the name as it is i.e. without a colon.
SPARQL ASK can be used to test if a certain query pattern exists or not.
WarSampo (Sotasampo in Finnish) contains large amounts of information about
World War 2 in Finland. The data is published on a SPARQL endpoint
and there is also a web portal that provides several web user interfaces
to different WarSampo datasets.
A+ presents the exercise submission form here.
Query the WarSampo endpoint for the description of the resource with the
English label “Winter War” using SPARQL DESCRIBE. Expand the DESCRIBE
query to also return descriptions of all resources to which there is a
link from (any predicate connecting to) the Winter War resource.
Answer the following questions based on the results of above DESCRIBE query.
Give the URI reference of Winter War’s time span in WarSampo.
Write the URI as it is, e.g. http://my-uri.net/subdomain.
Give the Finnish labels for Winter War’s class (determined by rdf:type)
and what the Winter War falls within in WarSampo.
Return the two labels separated by a
space e.g. "label one"@fi "label two"@fi.
"label one"@fi "label two"@fi
Hint: this information is found most easily by expanding the DESCRIBE query with
whatever is linked to the Winter War resource.
In the following exercises, DESCRIBE queries can be useful to inspect
how a resource is described.
Using the WarSampo SPARQL endpoint, create a query that returns the URIs of
10 photographs (class http://ldf.fi/schema/warsa/Photograph), from which
there is a direct relation to C.G.E. Mannerheim, the commander-in-chief of
Finland’s armed forces (skos:prefLabel “Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim”).
The relation (property http://www.cidoc-crm.org/cidoc-crm/P138_represents)
indicates that the person is automatically recognized as a named entity in
the photograph’s metadata description. This usually means that the person
is in the photograph, or somehow else involved in the photography event.
For instance, ?sub http://www.cidoc-crm.org/cidoc-crm/P138_represents ?obj
inside a SPARQL WHERE clause to WarSampo endpoint would retrieve all triples that describe named
entities being in a photograph’s description.
?sub http://www.cidoc-crm.org/cidoc-crm/P138_represents ?obj
Remember to test your query in YASGUI before submitting your answer.
Also remember to limit your query to 10 results with SPARQL LIMIT clause.
Besides helping you get the tests correct, it will make testing your queries in
YASGUI much faster if the result set is large.
Note: The tests don’t access all WarSampo data, thus you might get empty results from
tests even though YASGUI returns some results or even the correct ones. This means there
is something likely irrelevant in the query.
Modify the query from the previous exercise to show who are represented
(property http://www.cidoc-crm.org/cidoc-crm/P138_represents) in the same
photographs as C.G.E. Mannerheim. Create a query that will return the names
of the 10 people who are most often represented in the same photographs as
Mannerheim, along with the number of photographs the person is
represented in with Mannerheim.
Hint: SPARQL aggregates work similary to SQL aggregates. Here are the available
SPARQL Aggregates and a few examples:
Note: The automated tests might not work properly when using
FILTER works well
as an alternative. Also, grouping by photo count breaks the tests.
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