[foaf-dev] What is the best way to edit a FOAF profile?

Frans Knibbe frans.knibbe at geodan.nl
Wed May 4 17:26:36 CEST 2011

Melvin and Mischa,

Thanks for you tips. I will keep an eye out for the Foafbuilder. I could 
not find a way of editing an RDF file with the Tabulator. Foaf.me is 
nice too, but it does not support editing FOAF files (yet).

At the moment I can not use SPARQL yet, as I don't have a database with 
a SPARQL end point yet. Besides that, I want to demonstrate the 
principles of Linked Data to my colleagues (being one eyed in the land 
of the blind). I would like to show how easy it is to publish data as 
Linked Data. Creating a basic personal FOAF file is easy, and so is 
putting it on a web server. Only changing the FOAF file is not that 
easy, it seems. At least not for people that are not used to handling RDF.


On 2011-05-04 13:48, Mischa Tuffield wrote:
> Hi All,
> <snip/>
> On 4 May 2011, at 12:15, Melvin Carvalho wrote:
>> On 4 May 2011 13:09, Frans Knibbe <frans.knibbe at geodan.nl 
>> <mailto:frans.knibbe at geodan.nl>> wrote:
>>> Hello all,
>>> This is my first message to this list...
>>> I am just getting started with FOAF, using it as an example of how
>>> individuals can contribute to the web of Linked Data. I would like to
>>> persuade the people that I know to publish their profiles. So I am
>>> trying to find a user friendly way of creating a FOAF  profile and
>>> updating it.
>>> As a first step, I use the FOAF-a-Matic. That works nicely, giving me a
>>> small profile to start with. But then I want to expand it. I want to
>>> share more information about myself, and link to people I know that also
>>> have a FOAF profile. That means I need an editor for my FOAF file. I
>>> have tried Morla, which does a good job of being user friendly. It shows
>>> the file contents as a table of subject-predicate-object triples. I can
>>> add the FOAF RDFS to the editor, after which it becomes easy to add or
>>> change the profile. But I notice a problem with Morla: it introduces
>>> absolute file paths in the file. By just opening the FOAF file and
>>> saving it without editing it, Morla has introduced file:/// 
>>> <file:////> resources. I
>>> believe that is undesirable.
>>> So my question is: Can someone recommend a nice tool for editing 
>>> FOAF files?
>> SPARQL 1.1 has insert an update ability.  That's probably the best way.
>> There's also WebDAV
> I too am a big fan of SPARQL 1.1, but I doubt that is the solution 
> here. We wrote a UI to help you do such things, but we are currently 
> moving hardware about to repurpose. It should live at 
> http://foafbuilder.qdos.com/ I will email this thread when I get the 
> service back up and running. Link to slides [1] (sorry -- service is 
> currently down).
> Furthermore, I have been meaning to open-source the UI for a while 
> now.... Must get that done...
> iirc, Melvin's http://foaf.me/
> and there is also a foaf editor in the Timbl's tabulator iirc too ...
> Mischa
> [1] http://mmt.me.uk/slides/lod24022010/ <-- to get an idea what what 
> i looks like, when there is no man-digging page :)
>>> Thanks,
>>> Frans
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