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A Librarian's Guide to Graphs, Data and the Semantic Web by James Powell

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Drawing and serializing graphs

Graphs tend to be inherently complex and correspondingly challenging to represent visually. Sometimes the process of analyzing a graph involves an ad hoc pipeline of tools and techniques. This necessitates that there be a way to represent the data that constitutes a graph in a standard format suitable for interchange between tools. As with RDF, there are a number of serialization formats for graph data. In this chapter, we will explore two topics. First, the general task of representing the data that describes nodes and edges without regard to any specific layout. Serializations may differ in syntax, but in essence they are just lists of nodes and some means to indicate whether, and in what direction, an edge ...

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