SameAs4J: little drops of water make the mighty ocean

Posted by on July 20, 2010 at 11:24 am.

Few days ago Milan Stankovic contacted the Sindice crew informing us that he wrote a simply Java library to interact with the public Sindice HTTP APIs. We always appreciate such kind of community efforts lead to collaboratively make Sindice a better place on the Web. Agreeing with Milan, we decided to put some efforts on his initial work to make such library the official open source tool for Java programmers.

That reminded me that, few months ago, I did for sameas.org the same thing Milan did for us. But (ashamed) I never informed those guys about what I did.

Sameas.org is a great and extremely useful tool on the Web that makes concretely possible to interlink different Linked data clouds. Simple to use (both for humans via HTML and for machines with a simple HTTP/JSON API) and extremely reactive, it allows to get all the owl:sameAs object for a given URI. And, moreover, it’s based on Sindice.com.

Do you want to know the identifier of http://dbpedia.org/resource/Rome in Freebase or Yago? Just ask it to Sameas.org.

So, after some months I just refined a couple of things, added some javadocs, set up a Maven repository and made SameAs4j publicly available (MIT licensed) to everyone on Google Code. It’s a simple but reliable tiny set of Java classes that allows you to interact with sameas.org programatically in your Java Semantic Web applications.

Back to the beginning: every pieces of open source software is like a little drop of water which makes the mighty ocean, so please submit any issue or patch if interested.

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