SPARQL endpoint

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A SPARQL endpoint is a conformant SPARQL protocol service as defined in the SPROT specification. A SPARQL endpoint enables users (human or other) to query a knowledge base via the SPARQL language. Results are typically returned in one or more machine-processable formats. Therefore, a SPARQL endpoint is mostly conceived as a machine-friendly interface towards a knowledge base. Both the formulation of the queries and the human-readable presentation of the results should typically be implemented by the calling software, and not be done manually by human users.

The term endpoint has a more general meaning. In the "normative definitions" section of the Web Services Description Requirements document we find:

   EndPoint (AKA Port)
   [Definition: An association between a fully-specified
   InterfaceBinding and a network address, specified by a URI [IETF RFC
   2396], that may be used to communicate with an instance of a Web
   Service. An EndPoint indicates a specific location for accessing a
   Web Service using a specific protocol and data format.] states:

 "A Web service endpoint is a (referenceable) entity, processor, or 
 resource to which Web service messages can be addressed. Endpoint 
 references convey the information needed to address a Web service endpoint."

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