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

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Semantic repositories and how to use them

Triples can accumulate rapidly regardless of the data source, because the process of reducing knowledge into collections of interrelated triples results in a lot of data. You can publish your triples directly on the Web in a file containing RDF/XML or some other serialization of your data. But you are left with various challenges such as how to track of all your item URIs, where to store all of the triples you’ve generated, and how to efficiently perform various transactions or search this content. So as with any large collection of structured data, it makes sense to use some kind of database. In this chapter, we will look at a special type of database designed for RDF, called a triplestore. We’ll look ...

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