Library Juice Academy

Online Professional Development for Librarians

The SPARQL Fundamentals I - The Semantic Web in Action

Instructor: Robert Chavez

Dates: January 4th through 31st, 2021

Credits: 1.5 CEUs or 15 PDHs

Price: $175


This course will focus on the SPARQL 1.1 query language (used to query RDF and semantic data) as well as the concept of the semantic 'triple' and RDF triplestores (a type of database for semantic data). One of the primary goals of this course is for the student to understand how Semantic and Linked Data is used, accessed, and disseminated on the web.

This is a very 'hands on' course. You will be working with and writing your own SPARQL 1.1 queries against sample data as well as real-world semantic data stores; in the process you will begin to learn the core SPARQL syntax.

This course can be taken as one of six courses needed to earn our Certificate in XML and RDF-Based Systems, and may assume a certain level of background knowledge covered in other courses in the sequence.

Robert Chavez

Robert Chavez holds a PhD in Classical Studies from Indiana University. From 1994-1999 he worked in the Library Electronic Text Resource Service at Indiana University Bloomington as an electronic text specialist. From 1999-2007 Robert worked at Tufts University at the Perseus Project and the Digital Collections and Archives as a programmer, digital humanist, and institutional repository program manager. He currently works for the New England Journal of Medicine as Content Applications Architect. Interview with Robert Chavez

Course Structure

This is an online class that is taught asynchronously, meaning that participants do the work on their own time as their schedules allow. The class does not meet together at any particular times, although the instructor may set up optional sychronous chat sessions. Instruction includes readings and assignments in one-week segments. Class participation is in an online forum environment.

Payment Info

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