SPARQL is a protocol and query language for the Semantic Web. The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) is seeking public comment on the candidate OGC standard “GeoSPARQL: A Geographic Query Language for RDF Data”. The candidate standard defines spatial extensions to the W3C’s SPARQL protocol and RDF query language.

GeoSPARQL defines a vocabulary for representing geospatial data in RDF, and it defines an extension to SPARQL for processing geospatial data. This standard serves as a common target for vendors to implement and provides rich functionality for building geospatial applications.

We found this interesting topic in Directions Magazine in their article, “OGC Seeks Comment on candidate GeoSPARQL standard.” I also have to admit I am charmed by the “bling” reference in the acronym.

Melody K. Smith

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