Encyclopedia of Database Systems

2018 Edition
| Editors: Ling Liu, M. Tamer Özsu

Semantic Web Query Languages

  • James BaileyEmail author
  • François Bry
  • Tim Furche
  • Sebastian Schaffert
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-8265-9_1317


Ontology query languages; Web query languages


A number of formalisms have been proposed for representing data and meta data on the Semantic Web. In particular, RDF, Topic Maps and OWL allow one to describe relationships between data items, such as concept hierarchies and relations between the concepts. A key requirement for the Semantic Web is integrated access to data represented in any of these formalisms, as well the ability to also access data in the formalisms of the “standard Web,” such as (X)HTML and XML. This data access is the objective of Semantic Web query languages. A wide range of query languages for the Semantic Web exist, ranging from (i) pure “selection languages” with only limited expressivity, to fully-fledged reasoning languages, and (ii) from query languages restricted to a certain data representation format, such as XML or RDF, to general purpose languages that support multiple data representation formats and allow simultaneous querying of data...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • James Bailey
    • 1
    Email author
  • François Bry
    • 2
  • Tim Furche
    • 2
  • Sebastian Schaffert
    • 3
  1. 1.University of MelbourneMelbourneAustralia
  2. 2.University of MunichMunichGermany
  3. 3.Salzburg ResearchSalzburgAustria

Section editors and affiliations

  • Avigdor Gal
    • 1
  1. 1.Fac. of IE & Mgmt.Technion--Israel Inst. of TechnologyHaifaIsrael