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Welcome to Facete - Slice 'n' Dice RDF data explorer!

Discontinued Repository - Development continues with Facete2 here

This repository contains the first version of Facete which was finished at the beginning 2014 and deployed at the European Open Data Portal under the name SemMap.

Facete offers out-of-the-box faceted search over SPARQL endpoints. Current features:

  • Slicing and Dicing: Filter RDF data by any property / dimension
  • Hierarchical facets: Constrain the facets of another facet's values using a simple tree structure. Pivoting made easy!
  • Freely link facets to table columns (using the arrow-right icon)
  • Freely link facets to a map view (using the glob icon)


  • At the moment facete always queries for the exact facet / facet value counts. Therefore, Facete may not work with low selective facet selections on large datasets.



This project is comprised of the following modules

  • facete-client: This is a pure JavaScript code base (+ index.php) offering faceted search on SPARQL endpoints.
  • facete-server: This is a server module providing additional services to the client - although the client can be run without them. At the moment these services are CSV and RDF export for the facet selection.


Note: This section explains how the configuration should work for the release.


Check out the repository, and follow these steps

git checkout devel

# Create local copies of any .dist file in the repo, and adjust the content appropriately
# (This has to be done manually right now, read section below)

# Make the client known to your webserver, e.g:
# NOTE Adjust the following line as needed
ln -s <project-root>/facete-client/src/main/webapp /var/www/facete

Open a browser and check whether you can see the Facete application under [http://localhost/facete].

You also need to have PHP and curl for PHP installed:

sudo apt-get install php5 php5-curl

Although the client is functional without any configuration (you can e.g. set which SPARQL endpoint to explore in the user interface - NOTE: this is currently bugged!), you most likely want to adjust some default values:

cd <project-root>/facete-client/src/main/webapp/resources
cp facete-config.js.dist facete-config.js
cp facete-index.properties.dist facete-index.properties

Now adjust the settings in facete-config.js as needed according to the comments in that file, for example:

config.sparqlServiceIri = 'http://fp7-pp.publicdata.eu/sparql';
config.sparqlDefaultGraphIris = ['http://fp7-pp.publicdata.eu/'];
config.sparqlProxyServiceIri = 'lib/SparqlProxyPHP/current/sparql-proxy.php'; // For PHP-based proxying
config.sparqlProxyServiceIri = 'api/sparql-proxy'; // For Java-based proxying (intended for inside the Tomcat container)

Note to Tenforce: Activate the appropriate theme by adjusting facete-index.properties:



TO BE DONE Currently some settings can be adjusted via the the index.php.

Building a WAR for Facete

IMPORTANT: Make sure to have facete-config.js and facete-index.properties configured appropriately, as these files will become part of the .war file.

# Under <repository-root>
mvn clean install

# Afterwards, run this:
cd facete-server
mvn clean war:war

# The result artifact is now under <module-root>/target/facete-server-<version>.war
targetFile=`ls -1 target | grep 'facete-server.*\.war'`

# Do something with the target file...

# Note: If you set up tomcat and maven according to the quick guide below,
# you can deploy to tomcat directly using

# Under <repository-root>/facete-server
mvn clean tomcat7:redeploy

# Note, that you can overwrite the tomcat-server-id and tomcat-deploy-url attributes:
mvn tomcat7:redeploy -Dtomcat-server-id=tomcat-demo -Dtomcat-deploy-url=http://demo.host.com:8080/manager/text

Facete should now run under http://localhost:8080/facete-server/welcome.do.

Tomcat Quick Installation Guide (for Debian/Ubuntu)

The following steps will get you going with a working Tomcat. Use at your own risk.

Install Tomcat (and of course jdk + maven)

sudo apt-get install openjdk-7-jdk maven
sudo apt-get install tomcat6 tomcat6-admin

# Setup for tomcat7 is broken right now
sudo apt-get install tomcat7 tomcat7-admin

Configure a tomcat user:


    <!-- Add and adjust the following snipped to this section. -->

    <role rolename="admin-gui"/>
    <role rolename="admin-script"/>

    <role rolename="manager-gui"/>
    <role rolename="manager-script"/>

    <user username="username" password="password" roles="manager-gui,manager-script,admin-gui,admin-script"/>


Configure Maven to know the password



Note: The file may not exist yet.

<settings xmlns="http://maven.apache.org/SETTINGS/1.0.0"
                        <!-- Note: The id must match one of those declared in the pom.xml (tomcat-localhost is defined) -->
                        <!-- I do not understand why maven does not allow to configure the server's URL here :s -->

                        <!-- Note: username and password must match that of the tomcat user -->



The source code of this repo is published under the Apache License Version 2.0