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Linked Data resources for Newbies

– Where do I start in Linked Data?
– How can I start experimenting with SPARQL or I can find any useful  Linked Data?

Here are some Linked Data resources that anyone can find interesting when starting experimenting with this area.

My major research focus has been on Linked Data since the early days of my Ph.D. Since then I had many people asking me where to start, or what in general is the semantic web. Previously I have discussed the semantic web, and today I wanted to discuss on Linked Data and help newcomers!

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Below you can find some useful resources that I loved to play with in my early days!

The Friend of a Friend Spec

FOAF is a project devoted to linking people and information using the Web. Regardless of whether the information is in people’s heads, in physical or digital documents, or in the form of factual data, it can be linked

http://xmlns.com/foaf/spec/

SPARQL by Example

SPARQL (pronounced “sparkle,” a recursive acronym for SPARQL Protocol and RDF Query Language) is an RDF query language, that is, a semantic query language for databases, able to retrieve and manipulate data stored in Resource Description Framework format.

http://www.w3.org/2009/Talks/0615-qbe/

Build Your Own NYT Linked Data Application

http://open.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/03/30/build-your-own-nyt-linked-data-application/?_r=0

Linked Open Data for Cultural Heritage: Evolution of an Information Technology

http://www.whysel.com/papers/LIS670-Linked-Open-Data-for-Cultural-Heritage.pdf

OpenRefine for Data Cleaning

OpenRefine is a standalone open-source desktop application for data cleanup and transformation to other formats, the activity known as data wrangling. It is similar to spreadsheet applications (and can work with spreadsheet file formats). However, it behaves more like a database.

The Linking Open Data cloud diagram

Linked Data.Org

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