Querying Atomic Data

There are multiple ways of getting Atomic Data into some system:

  • Atomic Paths is a simple way to traverse Atomic Graphs and target specific values
  • Subject Fetching requests a single subject right from its source
  • Triple Pattern Fragments allows querying for specific (combinations of) Subject, Property and Value.
  • SRARQL is a powerful Query language for traversing graphs

Atomic Paths

An Atomic Path is a string that consist of one or more URLs, which when traversed point to an item. For more information, see Atomic Paths.

Subject fetching (HTTP)

The simplest way of getting Atomic Data when the Subject is an HTTP URL, is by sending a GET request to the subject URL. Set the Content-Type header to an Atomic Data compatible mime type, such as application/ad3-ndjson.

GET https://example.com/myResource HTTP/1.1
Content-Type: application/ad3-ndjson

The server SHOULD respond with all the Atoms of which the requested URL is the subject:

HTTP/1.1 200 OK
Content-Type: application/ad3-ndjson
Connection: Closed

["https://example.com/myResource","https://example.com/properties/name","My awesome resource!"]

The server MAY also include other resources, if they are deemed relevant.

Subject Fetching (IPFS)

IPFS is a new protocol for sharing data using content-addressing.

Triple Pattern Fragments

Triple Pattern Fragments (TPF) is an interface for querying RDF. It works great for Atomic Data as well.

An HTTP implementation of a TPF endpoint might accept a GET request to a URL such as this:


Make sure to URL encode the subject, property, value strings.

For example, let's search for all Atoms where the value is test.

GET https://example.com/tpf?value="test" HTTP/1.1
Content-Type: application/ad3-ndjson

This is the HTTP response:

HTTP/1.1 200 OK
Content-Type: application/ad3-ndjson
Connection: Closed



SPARQL is a powerful RDF query language. Since all Atomic Data is also valid RDF, it should be possible to query Atomic Data using SPARQL.