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The Workbench is a web application for creating and executing data integration tasks. All data integration tasks are hold in the workspace, which shows a tree view of all current projects.



A project holds the following information:

  1. All URI prefixes which are used in the project.
  2. A list of data sources
  3. A list of linking tasks

Users are able to create new projects or import existing ones. Existing projects can be deleted or exported to a single file.

Data Sets

A dataset represents a source or destination of data. It may be used to read entities for transformation or interlinking. In the same way, it can be used to write transformed entities and generated links. In the following, the most common types of datasets are described:

SPARQL Endpoints

For SPARQL endpoints (type: sparqlEndpoint) the following parameters exist:

Parameter Name Description Default

endpointURI The URI of the SPARQL endpoint.

login Login required for authentication No login

password Password required for authentication No password

instanceList A list of instances to be retrieved. If not given, all Retrieve all instances will be retrieved. Multiple instances can be separated by a space.

pageSize Limits each SPARQL query to a fixed amount of results. The 1000 SPARQL data source implements a paging mechanism which translates the pagesize parameter into SPARQL LIMIT and OFFSET clauses.

graph Only retrieve instances from a specific graph. No restriction

pauseTime To allow rate-limiting of queries to public SPARQL severs, the 0 pauseTime statement specifies the number of milliseconds to wait between subsequent queries.

retryCount To recover from intermittent SPARQL endpoint connection 3 failures, the retryCount parameter specifies the number of times to retry connecting.

retryPause Specifies how long to wait between retries. 1000

queryParameters Additional parameters to be appended to every request, e.g. &soft-limit=1

parallel If multiple queries should be executed in parallel for faster true retrieval



<Dataset id="dbpedia" type="sparqlEndpoint">
  <Param name="endpointURI" value="" />
  <Param name="retryCount" value="100" />

RDF Dumps

For RDF files (type: file) the following parameters exist:

Parameter Description

file (mandatory) The location of the RDF file.

format (mandatory) The format of the RDF file. Allowed values: "RDF/XML", "N-TRIPLE", "TURTLE", "TTL", "N3"

Currently the data set is held in memory.

Supported source formats:

  • TTL
  • N3

Supported output formats:

  • N-Triples
  • Alignment: Writes the links in the OAEI Alignment Format. This includes not only the uris of the source and target entities, but also the confidence of each link.

Transform Tasks

A transfom task generates new entities based on existing entities by transforming selected values.

Linking Tasks

Linking tasks consist of the following elements:

  1. Metadata
  2. A link specification
  3. Positive and negative reference links

Linking Tasks can be added to an existing project and removed from it. Clicking on Metadata opens a dialog to edit the meta data of a linking task:

Linking Task

The following properties can be edited:

  • Name The unique name of the linking task
  • Source The source data set
  • Source restriction Restricts source dataset using SPARQL clauses
  • Target The target data set
  • Target restriction Restricts target dataset using SPARQL clauses
  • Output The data sink for writing generated links to

Clicking on the open button opens the Linkage Rule Editor.