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Open Semantic Framework 3.0.1 Released

I am happy to announce the immediate availability of the Open Semantic Framework version 3.0.1. This new version includes a set of fixes to different components of the framework in the last few months.The biggest addition is the new OSF Installer which will deploy OSF on Ubuntu LTS 14.04 servers. triple_120

A Community Effort

This new release of the OSF Installer is an effort of the growing Open Semantic Framework community. The upgrade of the installer to deploy the OSF stack on the lastest Ubuntu Long Term Support (LTS) version 14.04 has been created by William (Bill) Anderson.

Samar Acharya also suggested to decouple the PHP5 Debian packages from the core OSF Installer repository to cope with the support of future version of Ubuntu or other Linux distributions. This led to the creation of the new OSF-Installer-Ext repository, which is only used to host these distribution specific files like the PHP5 Debian files.

Upgrading Existing Installations

Existing OSF installations can be upgraded using the OSF Installer. The first thing is to upgrade the installer itself:

# Upgrade the OSF Installer
./usr/share/osf-installer/upgrade.sh

Then you can upgrade the components using the following commands:

# Upgrade the OSF Web Services
./usr/share/osf-installer/osf --upgrade-osf-web-services="3.0.1"

# Upgrade the OSF WS PHP API
./usr/share/osf-installer/osf --upgrade-osf-ws-php-api="3.0.1"

# Upgrade the OSF Tests Suites
./usr/share/osf-installer/osf --upgrade-osf-tests-suites="3.0.1"

# Upgrade the Datasets Management Tool
./usr/share/osf-installer/osf --upgrade-osf-datasets-management-tool="3.0.1"

# Upgrade the Data Validator Tool
./usr/share/osf-installer/osf --upgrade-osf-data-validator-tool="3.0.1"

Upgrading the Open Semantic Framework (OSF) Stack (Screencast)

With this screencast, you will see how you can update all the pieces that compose the Open Semantic Framework (OSF) stack. You will discover all the tools that are available to you to update the different programs. You will be able to update the following applications with the latest release or development code:

Here is the list of commands that have been run in this screencast:

; Upgrade Ubuntu
apt-get update
apt-get upgrade

; Upgrade the OSF Installer script
cd /usr/share/osf-installer
rm upgrade.sh
wget https://raw.githubusercontent.com/structureddynamics/Open-Semantic-Framework-Installer/3.0/upgrade.sh
chmod 755 upgrade.sh
./upgrade.sh

; Upgrade the OSF Web Services PHP API
./osf-installer --upgrade-osf-ws-php-api="3.0"

; Upgrade the OSF
./osf-installer --upgrade-osf-web-services-code-base

; Upgrade the Datasets Management Tool
./osf-installer --upgrade-osf-datasets-management-tool="3.0"

; Upgrade the Ontologies Management Tool
./osf-installer --upgrade-osf-ontologies-management-tool="3.0"

; Upgrade the Permissions Management Tool
./osf-installer --upgrade-osf-permissions-management-tool="3.0"

; Upgrade OSF for Drupal
cd /usr/share/drupal/
drush dl osf-7.x-3.x-dev -y
drush cc all

; Upgrade to a specific version of Drupal
drush pm-update projects drupal-7.26


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Exporting Entities using OSF for Drupal (Screencast)

This screencast will introduce you to the OSF for Drupal features that let you export Drupal Entities in one of the following supported serializations:

  • RDF+XML (RDF in XML)
  • RDF+N3 (RDF in N3)
  • structJSON (Internal OSF RDF serialization in JSON)
  • structXML (Internal OSF RDF serialization in XML)
  • ironJSON (irON serialization in JSON)
  • commON (CSV serialization to be used in spreadsheet applications)

I will show you how you can use OSF for Drupal to export entire datasets of Entities, or how to export Entities individually. You will see how you can configure Drupal such that different users roles get access to these functionalities.

I will also briefly discuss how you can create new converters to support more data formats.

Finally, I will show you how Drupal can be used as a linked data platform with a feature that makes every Drupal Entities dereferencable on the Web1. You will see how you can use cURL to export the Entities‘ descriptions using their URI in one of the 6 supported serialization formats.


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  1. OSF for Drupal follows the Cool URIs for the Semantic Web W3C’s interest group notes



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