RDB to RDF: The Semantic Web and Relational Databases
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    Eric Prud'hommeaux
World Wide Web Consortium


Tuesday, March 16, 2010
04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

Level:  Intermediate

Location:  Franciscan A

Relational databases are critical to the Semantic Web; most scientific and commercial use cases involve a fusion of different data sources, many of them relational. The Semantic Web can, in turn, offer a sound, vendor-neutral way to knit relational databases into a web of usable information.

The W3C is currently working on standardizing a language for mapping relational data and relational database schemas into RDF and OWL, tentatively called the RDB2RDF Mapping Language, R2RML. This presentation will discuss the standards activity plus exciting use cases in health care, life sciences, eGovornment and more.

Eric Prud'hommeaux joined W3C again in February 1998 to provide system support and manage tool programming. He currently works on RDF and XML protocols. His primary goal is to see that information be easily and logically accessible. Prior to joining W3C full-time, Mr. Prud'hommeaux worked as a contract programmer for various organizations, including W3C, where he worked on libwww and the client applications, a PEP model library, and several system-related projects. He has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

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