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Shape Expressions
Status Published, Draft Community Group report
Year started 2013
Editors Eric Prud'hommeaux, Iovka Boneva, Jose Emilio Labra Gayo, Gregg Kellogg
Base standards RDF, SPARQL, JSON-LD
Related standards RDFS, OWL, SHACL
Domain Semantic Web
Abbreviation ShEx

Shape Expressions (ShEx) [1] is a language for validating and describing RDF.

It was originally proposed at the 2012 RDF Validation Workshop[2] as a high-level, concise language for RDF validation.

The shapes can be defined in a human-friendly compact syntax called ShExC or using any Resource Description Framework (RDF) serialization formats like JSON-LD or Turtle.