Linked Data Interfaces

Define REST API contracts for RDF resource representations

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Arthur Ryman

Date archived: December 20, 2016 | First published: March 19, 2013

Linked Data is a compelling approach to integrating data at web scale. IBM® Rational® software is adopting Linked Data for enabling tool collaboration across the development lifecycle and has established Open Services for Lifecycle Collaboration (OSLC) to foster the creation of specifications based on this approach. Linked Data is based on a fusion of Resource Description Framework (RDF) and REST; however, the precise specification of REST APIs based on RDF is hampered by the absence of a standard type definition language. Arthur Ryman, an IBM Distinguished Engineer, explains the nature of RDF Schema (RDFS) and Web Ontology Language (OWL) and shows why they are not traditional type definition languages. He then introduces the OSLC Resource Shape specification as a candidate type definition language for RDF.

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