# Ontop with Denodo

NB: You might also consult the following presentation, which shows screenshots for some of the steps described below:

# 1. Set up Denodo.

# Download Denodo Express

Download it from https://www.denodo.com/en/denodo-platform/denodo-express
(register, download the platform and the licence file)

Unzip the file and run the installer.

Note: environment variable JAVA_HOME must be set

# Running Denodo

  • Select 'Virtual DataPort' tab
  • Start 'Virtual DataPort Server'
  • Press 'LAUNCH' button
  • Login with 'admin' 'admin'

# 2. Configure datasets in Denodo

NB: instead of doing the following step by step, you can also load bzopendata.sql directly to Denodo

# Create database

Administration -> Database Management -> New Call the database e.g. bzopendata (leave the rest to the defaults)

Right-clik bzopendata database -> New -> Data Source -> JSON Data route 'HTTP Client' -> Configure button

# Connect datasources

(press Save icon for each source)

# 3. Configure datasources

Open the datasources in a web browser to understand their structure.

For each datasource: Create base view

  • for stations: use default Tuple root
  • for sensors: use Tuple root: /JSONFile/JSONArray (click on checkbox JSON root)

For stations, try to run 'Execution panel' button, then Execute

We get only one result --> We need to flatten the data:

  • Right click {}stations -> New -> flatten
  • Enlarge window with data
  • Right click features -> Flatten array 'features'
  • Save the result, which creates a new view f_stations


  • Right click f_stations -> New -> Selection
  • Select Output tab and specify what to keep in the output
  • Unfold properties and right-click each subfield and select 'Project field ...'

# 4. Configure Ontop-protege to use a Denodo datasource

Install the Denodo JDBC driver:

  • Protege -> Preferences -> JDBC Drivers tab -> Add
  • Description: Denodo
  • Class name: com.denodo.vdp.jdbc.Driver
  • Driver File (jar): browse to /.../DenodoPlatform7.0/tools/client-drivers/jdbc/denodo-vdp-jdbcdriver.jar

For the connection in your Datasource manager use:

  • Connection url: jdbc:vdb://localhost:9999/bzopendata
  • Database Username: admin
  • Database Password: admin
  • Driver class: com.denodo.vdp.jdbc.Driver

# 5. Create the ontology and mapping and and try some SPARQL queries

You can use directly the files we have prepared

├── bzweather.obda
├── bzweather.owl
├── bzweather.properties
└── bzweather.q

# 6. Setup a SPARQL endpoint with Command Line Interface

# Configure Ontop CLI

Add the JDBC denodo driver for the Ontop CLI:

cp /.../DenodoPlatform7.0/tools/client-drivers/jdbc/denodo-vdp-jdbcdriver.jar

Run the Ontop CLI:

ontop endpoint -t bzweather.owl -m bzweather.obda -p bzweather.properties --cors-allowed-origins='*'

# Access the SPARQL endpoint

Open http://localhost:8080/

Run an example SPARQL query:

PREFIX geo: <http://www.opengis.net/ont/geosparql#>
PREFIX sosa: <http://www.w3.org/ns/sosa/>
PREFIX : <http://example.org/weather#>
  ?station a :WeatherStation ; geo:asWKT ?wkt; :hasSensor ?sensor ; :longitude ?lon; :latitude ?lat .
  ?sensor sosa:madeObservation ?o .
  ?o sosa:hasSimpleResult ?wktLabel .
  ?o sosa:resultTime ?t .