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SPARQL Protocol and RDF Query Language
Abbreviation: SPARQL
Scope: RDF query language
Topic: Query
Standard body: W3C
Keywords: RDF, Query Language

SPARQL stands for Simple Protocol and RDF Query Language. It is a query language and a protocol for accessing RDF data, which was specified by W3C and since 2004 has the status of a W3C Recommendation.

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Version Title: SPARQL Query Language for RDF
Abbreviation: SPARQL-2008 [not official, only for reference in this website]
Version Number: 1.0
Status: W3C Recommendation
Release Date: 2008-01-15
  1. Eric Prud'hommeaux
  2. Andy Seaborne

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Version Title: SPARQL 1.1 Query Language
Abbreviation: SPARQL-2012 [not official, only for reference in this website]
Version Number: 1.1
Status: W3C Working Draft
Release Date: 2012-07-24
  1. Steve Harris
  2. Andy Seaborne

Just like its early version, the SPARQL 1.1 was defined for querying and manipulating RDF graph content on the Web or in an RDF store. SPARQL 1.1 extends SPARQL 1.0 and provides a set of specifications such as:

  • SPARQL 1.1 Overview
  • SPARQL 1.1 Query Language
  • SPARQL 1.1 Update
  • SPARQL 1.1 Service Description
  • SPARQL 1.1 Federated Query
  • SPARQL 1.1 Query Results JSON Format
  • SPARQL 1.1 Query Results CSV and TSV Formats
  • SPARQL Query Results XML Format
  • SPARQL 1.1 Entailment Regimes
  • SPARQL 1.1 Protocol
  • SPARQL 1.1 Graph Store HTTP Protocol
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