Broadening the use of Semantic Web data through interfaces

Speaker:  Silvio Peroni – Bologna, Italy
Topic(s):  Web, Mobile and Multimedia Technologies


Any strategy that guarantees the broad adoption of Semantic Web technologies must address the need for improved human interaction with semantic models and data. While research has been undertaken on models, theoretical approaches and the development of tools to infer new information from data and ontologies, the Semantic Web will never be integrated with the everyday Web until semantic information is easily accessible to ordinary users through Web browsers, not limited to Semantic Web practitioners employing specialist tools. In many contexts, where formal notations and machine-readable data are needed, the adoption of appropriate interfaces simplifies the design, property checking, and reuse of a system since it enables an overview of the system that is difficult to have using textual syntaxes. In this talk, I will introduce my experience in enabling non-expert users to understand and reuse Semantic Web data by mediating their interaction via tools that hide the complexity of the original formalisms behind appropriate interfaces. I will present lessons learnt in the process by introducing four interfaces I have developed, i.e. LODE (for creating HTML documentation of OWL ontologies), Graffoo (a graphical notation for OWL ontologies), RAMOSE (for easily and quickly providing REST API over SPARQL endpoints) and oc_ocdm (for developing applications using RDF data and provenance information compliant with a particular data model).

About this Lecture

Number of Slides:  20
Duration:  30/40 minutes
Languages Available:  English, Italian
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