Mapping RDF Databases to Property Graph Databases

Author: R. Angles, H. Thakkar, D. Tomaszuk
Journal: IEEE Access
Year: 2020

Citation information

R. Angles, H. Thakkar, D. Tomaszuk,
IEEE Access,
2020,
8,
86091 – 86110,
IEEE,
https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/9088985

RDF triplestores and property graph databases are two approaches for data management which are based on modeling, storing and querying graph-like data. In spite of such common principle, they present special features that complicate the task of database interoperability. While there exist some methods to transform RDF graphs into property graphs, and vice versa, they lack compatibility and a solid formal foundation. This paper presents three direct mappings (schema-dependent and schema-independent) for transforming an RDF database into a property graph database, including data and schema. We show that two of the proposed mappings satisfy the properties of semantics preservation and information preservation. The existence of both mappings allows us to conclude that the property graph data model subsumes the information capacity of the RDF data model.