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BBC Backstage SPARQL endpoint for programmes and music

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Michael Smethurst Michael Smethurst | 10:20 UK time, Thursday, 11 June 2009

If you're a regular reader of Radio Labs you'll have noticed quite a lot of noise (and hopefully some signal) about two of our major projects: /programmes and /music. Both services have been designed according to linked data principles in an attempt to not only provide well designed, joined up and coherent websites but also to open BBC data to wider reuse.

Yesterday BBC Backstage announced that this data is now available at two SPARQL endpoints hosted by OpenLink Software and Talis. If (like me) you're new to SPARQL (a kind of SQL for the web) the Backstage blog also has links to tutorials and examples. If you want more details about the kind of data we model the Programmes Ontology and the Music Ontology are good starting points. If you're more comfortable with relational databases please check out the /programmes database schema.

Read more and comment at the BBC Backstage blog and the BBC Backstage mailing list.

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