This beginner-level tutorial shows how you can build a Knowledge Graph based on input data from a comma-separated value file (.csv), an excel file (.xlsx) or a database table (jdbc).

The complete tutorial is available as a project file. You can import this project

  • by using the web interface (Create → Project → Import project file) or
  • by using the command line interface

    cmemc -c my-cmem project import tutorial-csv

This step is optional and makes some of the following steps of the tutorial superfluous.

The documentation consists of the following steps, which are described in detail below:

  1. Registration of the target vocabulary
  2. Uploading of the data (file)/Connect to JDBC endpoint
  3. (Re-)View your data table

  4. Creation of a (target) graph
  5. Creation of the transformation rules
  6. Evaluation of the results of the transformation rules
  7. Execution of the transformation to populate the target graph

Sample Material

The following material is used in this tutorial, you should download the files and have them at hand throughout the tutorial:

  • Sample vocabulary which describes the data in the CSV files: products_vocabulary.nt
  • Sample CSV file: services.csv

    Y704-9764759Product AnalysisO491-3823912, I965-1821441, Z655-3173353, ...Lambert.Faust@company.org748,40 EUR
    I241-8776317Component ConfabulationZ249-1364492, L557-1467804, C721-7900144,

    1082,00 EUR


  • Sample Excel file: products.xlsx

    I241-8776317Strain Compensator1268158Baldwin.Dirksen@company.org0,50 EUR
    D215-3449390Gauge Crystal77581915Wanja.Hoffmann@company.org2,00 EUR

Register the vocabulary

The vocabulary contains the classes and properties needed to map the data into the new structure in the Knowledge Graph.

  1. In the left hand menu of Corporate Memory navigate to Vocabularies.
  2. Press the Register new vocabulary button in the top right.
  3. Define a Name, a Graph URI and a Description of the vocabulary.
    In this example we will use:
    • Name: Product Vocabulary
    • Graph URI:
    • Description: Example vocabulary modeled to describe relations between products and services.
    • Vocabulary File: Browse in your filesystem for the product_vocabulary.nt file and select it to be uploaded.
cmemc vocabulary import products_vocabulary.nt

Upload the data file / Connect to the JDBC endpoint

  1. In the left hand menu of Corporate Memory navigate to Projects.
  2. Create a new project with the Create or Create Project button.
  3. Within the new project create a new item by pressing the Create or Create item button.
  4. In the Create new item dialog, click on CSV
  5. Fill out a label and upload the services.csv sample file

    Leave all other parameters at their default values.
  6. Add the dataset by pressing the Create button.

  7. Now create a second dataset. Choose Excel and upload the products.xlsx sample file.
  1. Instead of uploading the services.csv sample file into Corporate Memory, you can also load it into a SQL database and access it from Corporate Memory using the JDBC protocol.
  2. Navigate to DATA INTEGRATION tab and open a project or create a new one.
  3. Press the Create button and select the JDBC endpoint type.

  4. Define a Label for the dataset, specify the JDBC Driver connection URL, the table name and the user and password to connect to the database.
    In this example we will use:

    • Name: Services_ServiceDB
    • JDBC Driver Connection URL: jdbc:mysql://mysql:3306/ServicesDB
    • table: Services
    • username: root
    • password: ****

    The general form of the JDBC connection string is:


    Default JDBC connection strings for popular Relational Database Management Systems:

    VendorDefault JDBC Connection StringDefault Port
    Microsoft SQL Serverjdbc:sqlserver:<hostname>:1433/<databaseName>1433
    IBM DB2*jdbc:db2:<hostname>:50000/<databaseName>50000

    *IBM DB2 and Oracle JDBC drivers are not by default part of Corporate Memory, but can be added.

    Instead of selecting a table you can also specify a custom SQL query in the source query field.

(Re-)View your Data Table

To validate that the input data is correct, you can preview the data table in Corporate Memory.

  1. On the dataset page, press the Load preview button
  2. Once the preview is loaded, you can view a couple of rows to check that your data is accessible.
  3. Optionally, you can press start profiling and explore statistics about the dataset.

Create a Knowledge Graph

  1. Press the Create button and select the Datasets category. Select the type Knowledge Graph.
  2. Define a label for the Knowledge Graph and provide a graph uri. All other parameters can keep the default values. 
    In this example we will use:

Create a Transformation

The transformation defines how an input dataset (e.g. CSV) will be transformed into an output dataset (e.g. Knowledge Graph).

  1. Press the Create button and select Transform from the Transform category.
  2. Fill out the the details leaving the target vocabularies field at its default value all installed vocabularies, which will enable us to create a transformation to the previously installed products vocabulary.
    In this example we will use:
    • Name: Lift Service Database
    • In the section INPUT TASK in the field Dataset, select the previously created dataset: Services (Input Dataset).
    • Select the previously created dataset as the Output Dataset: Service Knowledge Graph
  3. In the main area you will find the Mapping editor.
  4. Click on the Mapping in the main area to expand its menu.
  5. Press the Edit button to create a base mapping.
  6. Define the Target entity type from the vocabulary, the URI pattern and a label for the mapping.

    In this example we will use:

    • Target entity type: Service

    • URI pattern:

      • Click on Create custom pattern
      • Insert{ServiceID}
      • where is a common prefix for the instances in this use case,
      • and {ServiceID} is a placeholder that will resolve to the column of that name
    • An optional Label: Service

  7. Click on Save
    Example RDF triple in our Knowledge Graph based on the mapping definition:

    <> <> <> 
  8. Evaluate your mapping by pressing on the button in the Examples of target data property to see at most three generated base URIs.
  9. We have now created the Service entities in the Knowledge Graph. As a next step, we will add the name of the Service entity. Press the circular blue + button on the lower right and select Add value mapping.
  10. Define the Target property, the Data type, the Value path (column name) and a Label for your value mapping.

    In this example we will use:

    • Target Property: name

    • Data type: StringValueType
    • Value path: ServiceName
      • which corresponds to the column of that name
    • An optional Label: service name
  11. Click Save

Evaluate a Transformation

Go the Transform evaluation tab of your transformation to view a list of generated entities. By clicking one of the generated entities, more details are provided.

Execute a Transformation to build a Knowledge Graph

  1. Go into the mapping and visit the Transform execution tab.
  2. Press the button and validate the results. In this example, 9x Service triples were created in our Knowledge Graph based on the mapping.
  3. Finally you can use the DataManager Knowledge Graphs module to (re-)view of the created Knowledge Graph: