Raphael Research Resource API Beta

With the Raphael Research Resource, The National Gallery, London, and its partners are pleased to present this wealth of information to specialists and the general public alike. Initially this project was based on the extensive studies of the ten paintings by Raphael in the Gallery collection, but it has now been developed to hold information provided by a number of other institutions and collaborators. The Scientific Department of the National Gallery has been experimenting with RDF and Semantic technologies for a number of years and this resource represents a major stage in this work, providing an open, linkable, data presentation of the information held within the Raphael Research Resource.

Linked data resource presentations are not designed to be final polished user interfaces. They can be seen and navigated by humans, but they are constructed as structured data sources for other data systems and separate final polished user interfaces. More information about linked data and how it can be published can be found here, here and here. For a tutorial on how to use the SPARQL query language please click here.

This resource is still being developed and the URIs presented here are currently for information and testing purposes. This message and the "Beta" tag will be removed when this resource is fully released.

This presentation of the data has been set up to provide basic live Uniform Resource Identifiers (URIs) the ontology and resources stored in the web based Raphael Research Resource. Further information about the database system used to store and query this data can be found on the 4Store website.

Additional test queries can be performed here, a selection of examples demonstrating simple use cases for this resource can be found here and the database can be queried directly via the SPARQL end-point.

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Identifiers can be passed to this page in any of the following forms:

http://rdf.ng-london.org.uk/raphael/page/RESOURCE NAME

XML versions can accessed as follows:

The full ontology will be returned by:

Alternative forms should also be correctly resolved:

Instances are stored in the form: http://rdf.ng-london.org.uk/raphael/resource/RESOURCE NAME, but these URLs will also resolve to the page/* in a browser:


This site was developed and is maintained by: Joseph Padfield, The National Gallery Scientific Department.