Semantic Publishing with Drupal

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Linked Data meets the CMS

Drupal is an open source Content Management System (CMS) that allows anyone with a basic understanding of the RDF data model to build a semantically-enabled website in a matter of hours without the assistance of an expensive web developer.

Drupal 7 was released in 2009, and as a result every new Drupal website is RDF enabled. This enhancement means more powerful semantic capabilities for sites utilizing Drupal which currently number over 200,000.

The SemTech 2010 sessions on Drupal start from the basics and proceed through case studies that include the site which was completed in 2009, presented by the architects and developers of that project. Additional discussion addresses some of the technical customization issues and enhancements that are available in Drupal 7.

Full-day Tutorial on Drupal 7 and RDFa

For those who want to start implementing Drupal and Linked Data sites for themselves, we offer a full day tutorial on Friday, June 25, taught by developers who originally engineered the inclusion of RDF into the Drupal CMS. This tutorial on How to Build Linked Data Sites with Drupal 7 and RDFa will take you from the very start of the process, through to the ways in which you create new Drupal modules to provide more Linked Data on your site.


Attend the Full-Day Drupal Tutorial and Learn:

  • Installing and configuring Drupal 7
  • Overview of the default RDF mappings and description of each related vocabulary
  • Choosing the right additional modules and customizing your Drupal site
  • Finding, extending and reusing existing vocabularies to map your content model to RDF
  • Leveraging the amount of Linked Data openly available on the Web using the power of SPARQL
  • Integrating your site in the Linked Open Data eco-system
  • Creating new Drupal modules with RDF mappings to provide more Linked Data

Featured Session: Drupal and the Semantic Web - from RDF to

In October 2009, the official site of the President and flagship site for the administration, re-launched on Drupal and featured some nods to semantic web technology with the addition of RDFa content and heavy use of taxonomies to drive content and search. This session will explore 3 key semantic technologies in use in the Drupal CMS framework that can fuel the open government movement:

1.   Integration of RDF & SPARQL technology into the core CMS in Drupal 72.  

2.  Specific techniques to tap into openly exposed RDF data resources from the emerging Linked Open Data cloud.

3.   Use of web services like OpenCalais neatly integrated into Drupal to provide semantic functionality.

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Applying Semantic Extensions and New Services to Drupal
Daniel Hladky, Ontos AG
11:45 AM - 12:45 PM
Drupal and the Semantic Web: from RDF to
Jeff Walpole, Phase2 Technology
08:30 AM - 03:00 PM
How to Build Linked Data Sites with Drupal 7 and RDFa
St├ęphane Corlosquet, Acquia, Inc.
Lin Clark, DERI Galway
Alexandre Passant, DERI Galway