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OSF is a platform-independent Web services framework for accessing and exposing structured RDF (Resource Description Framework) data. Its central organizing perspective is that of the dataset. These datasets contain instance records, with the structural relationships amongst the data and their attributes and concepts defined via ontologies (schema with accompanying vocabularies).
The OSF middleware framework is generally RESTful in design and is based on HTTP and Web protocols and open standards. The initial OSF framework comes packaged with a baseline set of more than 20 Web services in CRUD, browse, search, tagging, ontology management, and export and import. All Web services are exposed via APIs and SPARQL endpoints. Each request to an individual Web service returns an HTTP status and optionally a document of resultsets. Each results document can be serialized in many ways, and may be expressed as either RDF, pure XML, JSON, or different flavors of irON.
In initial release, OSF has direct interfaces to the Virtuoso RDF triple store (via ODBC, and later HTTP) and the Solr faceted, full-text search engine(via HTTP). However, OSF has been designed to be fully platform-independent. Support for additional datastores and engines are planned. The design also allows other specialized systems to be included, such as analysis or advanced inference engines.
The framework is open source (Apache 2 license) and designed for extensibility. OSF and its extensions and enhancements are distributed and documented on the Open Semantic Framework Web site.
You can read more about OSF here
The general OSF architecture is described in this document page. It also explains the echosystem in which it lives (and its related to other parts of the OSF (Open Semantic Framework) like OSF for Drupal.
|Get started quickly with OSF by using the Open Semantic Framework Installer|
Additionally you can find debugging tips and support on the Mailing List
An existing OSF instance can easily be upgrader using the OSF-Installer.
Note: the version of the OSF instance that should be minimally installed is version 3.0.0. If you have an older version than that, then you will have to manually upgrade your version to the version 3.0.0 and then you will have to run the OSF-Installer OSF upgrader script.
Here is a complete list of all the web service endpoints currently available in OSF:
- Installation Guide
- OSF Web Service Architecture
- Datasets and Access Rights
- structXML, the OSF Web Service XML data structure
OSF Web Service API and Web Services Documentation, with the specific services of:
- Auth Registrar: Access
- Auth Registrar: Group
- Auth Registrar: User
- Auth Registrar: WS
- Auth: Lister
- Ontology Create
- Ontology Read
- Ontology Update
- Ontology Delete
- Dataset: Create
- Dataset: Read
- Dataset: Update
- Dataset: Delete
- CRUD: Create
- CRUD: Read
- CRUD: Update
- CRUD: Delete
- Revision: Diff
- Revision: Delete
- Revision: Read
- Revision: Update
- Revision: Lister
- Converter: commON (import and export)
- Converter: irJSON (import and export)
The easiest way to get started is to use the OSF Web Services PHP API to create and send queries to any OSF web service endpoint.
Many command line tools exists to help system administrators to administer a OSF instance. The tools are:
An integration tests suites that includes more than 700 tests and 4000 assertions as been developed to test all the features of a running OSF instance:
Developers and commiters to the Git repository should comply to the coding standards. An outline of the coding style is available in the Coding Standard folder. Additional requirements are listed in the README.mediawiki file in that folder. Finally, coding style is enforced b the PolyStyle code formatter application available here: http://polystyle.com
OSF does comply with the [PSR-0](https://gist.github.com/1234504) for auto-loading the classes of the framework. The SplClassLoader class that has been developed by the same group can be used as the classes auto-loader.