Paper: Framework for Querying Semantic Networks

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A New Framework for Querying Semantic Networks, a paper that was presented at Museums and the Web 2012, is now available online. The paper was written by Katerina Tzompanaki, Martin Doerr Institute of Computer Science, F.O.R.T.H. Crete–Greece. The abstract states, “The upcoming large-scale metadata repositories, semantic networks of Resource Description Framework triples integrating large amounts of cultural–historical data, are not easily accessible to global query paradigms, such as ‘query by example’ or keyword search. ISO21127 (CIDOC Conceptual Reference Model) is an adequate global schema for such systems, but querying individually hundreds of different kinds of properties leaves a huge recall gap compared to text retrieval, whereas a global restriction to ‘core metadata,’ such as Dublin Core, deprives the systems of any more advanced integration and reasoning capability.”

It continues, “We therefore propose and have implemented a new query paradigm: Intuitive ‘fundamental’ categories and relationships, as we are used to from core metadata, are presented to the user as complex deductions from a rich underlying network of more specialized actual metadata, rather than being primary documentation elements. In addition to efficiency, we also provide simplicity, as the user does not need a deep understanding of a complex schema in order to obtain the desired result.  Application of the framework can easily be adjusted to many domains and user preferences.”

Read the full paper here.

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