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Distributed Graph Databases and the Emerging Web of Data

April 16, 2009

  • Date: Thursday, April 16th, 2009 
  • Time: 11 am — 12:15 pm 
  • Place: ME 218

Marko A. Rodriguez
Center for Nonlinear Studies
Los Alamos National Laboratory

Abstract: The World Wide Web is the defacto medium for publicly exposing a corpus of interrelated documents. In its current form, the World Wide Web is the Web of Documents. The next generation of the World Wide Web will support the Web of Data. The Web of Data utilizes the same Uniform Resource Identifier (URI) address space as the Web of Documents, but instead of a exposing a graph of documents, the Web of Data exposes a graph of data. Given that the URI address space of the Web is distributed and infinite, the Web of Data provides a single unified space by which the worlds data can be publicly exposed and interrelated. The Web of Data is supported by both graph databases (which structure the data) and distributed computing mechanism (which process the data). This presentation will discuss the Web of Data, graph databases, and models of computing in this emerging space.


Marko A. Rodriguez is a Director’s Fellow at the Center for Nonlinear Studies at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. While Marko has degrees in both cognitive (BS) and computer science (MS and PhD), he is very eclectic in his research interests. Marko focuses on multi-relational graph analysis techniques, models of computing on the Web, novel logics and reasoning mechanisms, as well as computational systems to support various ethical theories. Finally, Marko is also the co-founder and chief technology officer of the Santa Fe-based Knowledge Reef Systems Inc., where he focuses on novel algorithms to support the scholarly communication process. Please visit Marko at for more information.