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Perform a SPARQL Query


rdf_query(rdf, query, data.frame = TRUE, ...)



an rdf object (e.g. from rdf_parse)


a SPARQL query, as text string


logical, should the results be returned as a data.frame?


additional arguments to a redland initialize-Query


a data.frame of all query results (default.) Columns will be named according to variable names in the SPARQL query. Returned object values will be coerced to match the corresponding R type to any associated datatype URI, if provided. If a column would result in mixed classes (e.g. strings and numerics), all types in the column will be coerced to character strings. If data.frame

is false, results will be returned as a list with each element typed by its data URI.


doc <- system.file("extdata", "dc.rdf", package="redland")

sparql <-
'PREFIX dc: <>
 SELECT ?a ?c
 WHERE { ?a dc:creator ?c . }'

rdf <- rdf_parse(doc)
rdf_query(rdf, sparql)
#> # A tibble: 1 × 2
#>   a                      c           
#>   <chr>                  <chr>       
#> 1 Dave Beckett