Re-constructing Hidden Semantic Data Models by Querying SPARQL Endpoints

  • María Jesús García-GodoyEmail author
  • Esteban López-Camacho
  • Ismael Navas-Delgado
  • José F. Aldana-Montes
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9827)


Linked Open Data community is constantly producing new repositories that store information from different domains. The data included in these repositories follow the rules proposed by the W3C community, based on standards such as Resource Description Framework (RDF) and the SPARQL query language. The main advantage of this approach is the possibility of external developers accessing the data from their applications. This advantage is also one of the main challenges of this new technology due to the cost of exploring how the data is structured in a given repository in order to construct SPARQL queries to retrieve useful information. According to the reviewed literature, there are no applications to reconstruct the underlying semantic data models from an SPARQL endpoint. In this paper, we present an application for the reconstruction of the data model as an OWL (Ontology Web Language) ontology. This application, available as Open Source at uses a set of SPARQL queries to discover the classes and the (object and data) properties for a given RDF database. A web application interface has also been implemented for users to browse through classes, properties of the ontology generated from the data structure ( The ontologies generated by this application can help users to understand how the information is semantically organized, making easier the design of SPARQL queries.


Semantic Web Ontology OWL Linked Open Data Endpoint 



This work was partially supported by Grants TIN2014-58304-R (Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación) and P11-TIC-7529 and P12-TIC-1519 (Plan Andaluz de Investigación, Desarrollo e Innovación).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • María Jesús García-Godoy
    • 1
    Email author
  • Esteban López-Camacho
    • 1
  • Ismael Navas-Delgado
    • 1
  • José F. Aldana-Montes
    • 1
  1. 1.Departamento de Lenguaje y Ciencias de la ComputaciónUniversidad de MálagaMálagaSpain

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