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RDF::LinkedData - A Linked Data server implementation


Version 1.940


For just setting this up and get it to run, you would just use the linked_data.psgi script in this distribution. The usage of that is documented in Plack::App::RDF::LinkedData, with the README being a quick start guide. If you want to try and use this directly, you'd do stuff like:

        my $ld = RDF::LinkedData->new(store => $config->{store},
                                 endpoint_config => $config->{endpoint},
                                 base_uri => $config->{base_uri}
        $ld->namespaces($config->{namespaces}) if ($config->{namespaces});
        return $ld->response($uri)->finalize;

See Plack::App::RDF::LinkedData for a complete example.


This module is used to create a Linked Data server that can serve RDF data out of an RDF::Trine::Model. It will look up URIs in the model and do the right thing (known as the 303 dance) and mint URLs for that, as well as perform content negotiation. Thus, you can concentrate on URIs for your things, and you need not be concerned about minting URLs for the pages to serve it. In addition, optional modules can provide other important functionality: Cross-origin resource sharing, VoID description, cache headers, SPARQL Endpoint, Triple Pattern Fragments, etc. As such, it encompasses a fair share of Semantic Web best practices, but possibly not in a very flexible "Big Data" manner.


new ( store => $store, model => $model, base_uri => $base_uri, hypermedia => 1, namespaces_as_vocabularies => 1, request => $request, endpoint_config => $endpoint_config, void_config => $void_config, writes_enabled => 0 )

Creates a new handler object based on the named parameters, given a store config (recommended usage is to pass a hashref of the type that can be passed to RDF::Trine::Store->new_with_config, but a simple string can also be used) or a model and a base URI. Optionally, you may pass a Plack::Request object (which must be passed before you call content) and an endpoint_config hashref if you want to have a SPARQL Endpoint running using the recommended module RDF::Endpoint.

This module can also provide additional triples to turn the response into a hypermedia type. If you don't want this, set the hypermedia argument to false. Currently this entails setting the SPARQL endpoint and vocabularies used using the VoID vocabulary.

Finally, it can provide experimental Triple Pattern Fragments support.

Read-write support is even more experimental, and is provided by RDF::LinkedData::RWHypermedia.


Called by Moo to initialize an object.


Called by Moo to ensure that some attributes can be left unset.


The model that contains the entire database of linked data. This method returns a RDF::Trine::Model object.


This model contains response, it is used to build the response to one particular request. This method returns a RDF::Trine::Model object of a temporary model.


Returns or sets the base URI for this handler.


Attribute that indicates whether write operations are permitted.


Returns or sets whether the current request is a read operation.

request ( [ $request ] )

Returns the Plack::Request object, if it exists; or sets it if a Plack::Request object is given as parameter.


Returns the current Etag of the model suitable for use in a HTTP header. This is a read-only attribute.

last_etag, has_last_etag

Returns or sets the last Etag of so that changes to the model can be detected.

namespaces ( $namespace_map )

Gets or sets the namespaces that some serializers use for pretty-printing. Should be handed a URI::NamespaceMap object.

response ( $uri )

Will look up what to do with the given URI object and populate the response object.

helper_properties ( )

Returns the RDF::Helper::Properties object. if it exists; or sets it if an RDF::Helper::Properties object is given as a parameter.


Returns or sets the type of result to return, i.e. page, in the case of a human-intended page or data for machine consumption, or an empty string if it is an actual resource URI that should be redirected.


A node for the requested URI. This node is typically used as the subject to find which statements to return as data. This expects to get a URI object containing the full URI of the node.

count ( $node)

Returns the number of statements that has the $node as subject, or all if $node is undef.

endpoint ( [ $endpoint ] )

Returns the RDF::Endpoint object if it exists or sets it if a RDF::Endpoint object is given as parameter. In most cases, it will be created for you if you pass a endpoint_config hashref to the constructor, so you would most likely not use this method.

void ( [ $voidg ] )

Returns the RDF::Generator::Void object, if it exists; or sets it if an RDF::Generator::Void object is given as parameter. Like endpoint, it will be created for you if you pass a void_config hashref to the constructor, so you would most likely not use this method.


Kjetil Kjernsmo, <>


Toby Inkster


Please report any bugs using github


You can find documentation for this module with the perldoc command.

    perldoc RDF::LinkedData

The perlrdf IRC channel is the right place to seek help and discuss this module:



This module does what it is supposed to do rather well and has thus reached the 1.0 milestone. To support a wider variety of use cases, the current module isn't flexible enough, so future versions will need substantial changes, but the version number is intended to reflect that.


This module was started by Gregory Todd Williams <> for RDF::LinkedData::Apache, but has been almost totally rewritten.


Copyright 2010 Gregory Todd Williams

Copyright 2010 ABC Startsiden AS

Copyright 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 Kjetil Kjernsmo

This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl itself.

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