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by Jay Fienberg

FOAF search engine!

posted: Aug 9, 2003 8:19:49 PM

I thought my title might be a little catchier than Danny Ayers' post, FOAF query service, which is actually the name of what we are both linking to: FOAFQ: FOAF Query Service, but I guess it just semantics.

So, yes, check this out—you can easily search the FOAFynet, thanks to Sean B. Palmer. Yeah!

I had an idea to include all of the FOAF properties, alphabetized, in a drop-down UI so that it would be easier to form queries—here is a working version of this interface—try it!


Feel free to grab and use my UI code—I will pass it along to Sean too in case he would like to incorporate it directly into FOAFQ.

I think this FOAF search engine nicely demonstrates some real semantic web / RDF coolness potential.

update: fixed the javascript to work better cross-browser. Thanks!

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Comment by: Danny ·
posted: Aug 9, 2003 8:01:31 PM

Mighty cool, but I can't get it to work on IE6 - problems with the combo box. [surname] Jay Fienberg the query goes off as : I've tried pulling it out to have a look, this still doesn't work :


Comment by: Danny ·
posted: Aug 9, 2003 8:02:35 PM

heh, script in blog comments, is a bit late here <script language="JavaScript"> function doIt(args){ var selected =; args.query.value = ''[selected].value+' of '+args.term.value; } </script> <form name="foafsearch" action="" onsubmit="doIt(this)">

Comment by: Jay Fienberg ·
posted: Aug 9, 2003 8:28:00 PM

Thanks Danny. I am always rusty on my cross-browser QA on weekends. I think my fix will work now for everyone. FYI, I purposely kept the JavaScript inline for portability (to RSS readers).

Comment by: libby ·
posted: Aug 10, 2003 6:43:24 AM

Hi Jay, cute interface...I just wanted to warn you that although I try and keep my service running (sean's service is querying my http interface to my foaf database) - it may sometimes die, being somewhat experimental...

Comment by: Danny ·
posted: Aug 10, 2003 2:30:14 PM

Nice one Jay - works a treat now.

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