SPARQL Training Course


SPARQL is a query language for querying RDF (Resource Description Framework) data. It is similar to SQL for relational data in databases.

This instructor-led, live training (online or onsite) is aimed at technical persons who wish to query RDF data stored in a Semantic Web database.

By the end of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the difference between semantic web data and relational data.
  • Query public datasets based on Semantic Web standards.
  • Model data for querying with SPARQL.
  • Transition a website’s data to semantic web linked data.
  • Run SPARQL queries from within an existing application.

Format of the Course

  • Interactive lecture and discussion.
  • Lots of exercises and practice.
  • Hands-on implementation in a live-lab environment.

Course Customization Options

  • To request a customized training for this course, please contact us to arrange.


  • An understanding of data structures and databases.
  • General understanding of website architecture.


  • Developers
  • Website designers
  • Content managers

Course Outline


Overview of the Semantic Web

  • How interrelated datasets (linked data) work
  • Triples vs relations (tables)

Semantic Web Standards

  • RDF, OWL etc.


  • SELECT, WHERE, LIMIT, variables, etc.
  • Shortcuts, graphs, and unions

Querying a Semantic Website

  • Accessing a SPARQL Endpoint
  • Querying a dataset

Advanced SPARQL Constructs


Modelling Semantic Data

  • URI, URL, URN, Namespace, etc.
  • Semantic Web standards (RDF, OWL, etc.)

Integrating SPARQL into an Application

  • Java libraries (Jena, etc.)

Transitioning a Website into a Semantic Web Website

  • Converting data into semantic data


Summary and Conclusion

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