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A tool-suite for Linked Data consumption. balloon aims in offering public services and tools to take advantage of the semantic web with less effort. The basic motivation is to establish a foundation for Linked Data as a Service (LDaaS).

!!! The project is currently under development and will be available soon !!!

More detailed information available online:


  • balloon Overflight
    • SPARQL based LOD crawling
    • Index of basic structural relationships
    • Bird's-eye view on Linked Data
  • balloon Fusion
    • SPARQL query federation service based on equivalence resources
    • Automatic endpoint discovery
  • balloon Synopsis (moved to a seperate github repository)
    • HTML/JavaScript RDF Viewer & Browser
    • jQuery Plugin
    • Automatic information enhancement
    • Configurable Templating
  • balloon Commonalities
    • Finding common (relevant) super types of entities
    • Finding instances for given type
    • Finding related entities based on types and predicates

#Overview Today’s vision of a common Web of Data is mostly achieved and coined by the Linked Open Data movement. The first wave of this movement transformed silo-based portions of data into a plethora of open accessible and interlinked data sets. The community itself provided guidelines (e.g., 5 ★ Open Data ) as well as open source tools to foster interactions with the Web of data. Harmonization between those data sets has been established at the modeling level with unified description schemes characterizing a formal syntax and common data semantic. Without doubt, Linked Open Data is the de-facto standard to publish and interlink distributed data sets in the Web commonly exposed in SPARQL endpoints. However, a convenient request considering the globally described data set is only possible with strong limitations. balloon wants to overcome this issue by providing a large choice of services to simplify utilizing the web of data for your projects. We think that Linked Data tools should be available as a service (LDaaS), to avoid high setup and integration costs and data duplication. Therefore all balloon services will be public available and don't need to be installed locally.

This software has been brought to you by the Chair of Distributed Information Systems (DIMIS) and Media Computer Science (MiCS) at the University Passau. The project was developed within the CODE project funded by the EU Seventh Framework Programme, grant agreement number 296150.