Conference Paper

A Visual Interface for Building SPARQL Queries in Konduit.

Conference: Proceedings of the Poster and Demonstration Session at the 7th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC2008), Karlsruhe, Germany, October 28, 2008
Source: DBLP
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