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The OpenLink Structured Data Sniffer (OSDS)

How do I use the OpenLink Structured Data Sniffer?

Download and Installation

Installation is a few simple steps, which vary with your browser.

Google Chrome

There are two options for basic installation of OSDS —

  • You may choose to install the latest stable OSDS release available in the Chrome Store, as with any other Chrome add-on.

  • If you prefer, you may install the latest development version, which takes a few more steps, as follow --

    1. Download the zip or tar.gz source code archive from the OSDS Github page.
    2. Extract the archive to a local directory/folder.
    3. Open the Chrome browser.
    4. Select from menu: Chrome -> Preferences -> Extensions.
    5. Check the Developer mode box.
    6. Choose the option Load Unpacked Extension...
    7. Navigate to the folder containing the extracted source code.
    8. Press the Select button.
    9. OSDS will be added to your browser's installed extensions list.
Optimizing Interaction in Chrome

After basic installation, a few browser UI/UX tweaks are required to enable optimal use of OSDS.

  1. Open a new browser window or tab.
  2. Locate the OSDS icon 16px OSDS icon in the toolbar. Depending on how many other extensions you have installed, the size of your browser window, and other variables, it may have "overflowed" to the Chrome menu Chrome menu icon.

    osds-chrome1-extension-menu

  3. If the OSDS icon has overflowed, right- or control-click it, and choose Keep in Toolbar.

    osds-chrome2-keep-in-toolbar

  4. Click-and-drag the OSDS icon to the immediate right of the Omnibox (where the current page's URL is displayed) or wherever you prefer.

    osds-chrome3-toolbar-cust     osds-chrome4-ready

Mozilla Firefox (v28+)

There are two options for basic installation of OSDS —

  • You may choose to install the latest stable OSDS release available in the Mozilla Extensions Store, as with any other Firefox add-on.

  • If you prefer, you may install the latest development version (note that this archive may pre- or post-date the stable release above), which takes a few more steps, as follow --

    1. Download the openlink_structured_data_sniffer-2.12.3-fx.xpi file to a local directory/folder, and unzip its content.
    2. Open the Firefox browser (v28 or later).
    3. In address bar type: about:config.
    4. Click the I'll be careful, I promise button.
    5. Search for xpinstall.signatures.required.
    6. Double click that line, repeating if necessary until the value is set to false.
    7. In address bar type: about:addons.
    8. Click on the Gear icon and select Install Add-On from file... from the menu.
    9. Navigate to the openlink_structured_data_sniffer-2.12.3-fx.xpi file you downloaded. Select this file, and click the Open button.
    10. Click the Install button.
    11. OSDS will be added to your browser's installed extensions list.
Optimizing Interaction in Firefox

After basic installation, a few browser UI/UX tweaks are required to enable optimal use of OSDS.

  1. Open a new browser window or tab.
  2. Locate the OSDS icon 16px OSDS icon in the toolbar. Depending on how many other extensions you have installed, the size of your browser window, and other variables, it may have "overflowed" to the extension menu ».

    osds-ff0-ext-menu-overflow

  3. If it's in the overflow, right-click it and select "Move to Menu". (This is necessary because Customization doesn't allow items to be dragged directly from the overflow.)

    osds-ff1-ext-overflow

  4. Click the menu icon Chrome menu icon and enter Toolbar customization mode by clicking Customize.

    osds-ff2-ext-menu-cust

  5. Click-and-drag the OSDS icon from the menu listing to the immediate right of the address box (where the current page's URL is displayed) or wherever you prefer.

    osds-ff3-ext-menu-cust     osds-ff4-ext-menu-cust

  6. Click Exit Customize, and OSDS is ready for efficient use.

    osds-ff5-ready

Opera

  1. Download the zip or tar.gz source code archive from the OSDS Github page.
  2. Extract the archive to a local directory/folder.
  3. Open the Opera browser.
  4. In the address bar, type opera://extensions.
  5. Click the Developer Mode button.
  6. Choose the option Load unpacked extension....
  7. Navigate to the folder containing the extracted source.
  8. Click the Select button.
  9. OSDS will be added to your browser's installed extensions list.

Vivaldi

  1. Download the zip or tar.gz source code archive from the OSDS Github page.
  2. Extract the archive to a local directory/folder.
  3. Open the Vivaldi browser.
  4. In the address bar, type vivaldi://extensions.
  5. Click the Developer Mode button.
  6. Choose the option Load unpacked extension....
  7. Navigate to the folder containing the extracted source, and to the src folder therein.
  8. Click the Select button.
  9. OSDS will be added to your browser's installed extensions list.

Usage and examples

Usage and examples vary with OSDS version. We split out particular milestone releases here —

The Bottom Line

Any person or organization that owns a web-site is perennially challenged in regards to content evaluation and update cycles aimed at increasing and sustaining visibility.

With OSDS, you're just a mouse-click away from a solution to this challenge.

Most important of all, OSDS reveals the nature and implications of a World Wide Web of entity relationships where the nature of entity and relationship-type semantics are comprehensible to both humans and machines.