Social Semantic Search: A Case Study on Web 2.0 for Science

Laurens De Vocht, Softic Selver, Ruben Verborgh, Erik Mannens, Martin Ebner

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When researchers formulate search queries to find relevant content on the Web, those queries typically consist of keywords that can only be matched in the content or its metadata. The Web of Data extends this functionality by bringing structure and giving well-defined meaning to the content and it enables humans and machines to work together using controlled vocabularies. Due the high degree of mismatches between the structure of the content and the vocabularies in different sources, searching over multiple heterogeneous repositories of structured data is considered challenging. Therefore, the authors present a semantic search engine for researchers facilitating search in research related Linked Data. To facilitate high-precision interactive search, they annotated and interlinked structured research data with ontologies from various repositories in an effective semantic model. Furthermore, the authors' system is adaptive as researchers can synchronize using new social media accounts and efficiently explore new datasets.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)155-180
JournalInternational journal on semantic web and information systems
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 30 Sept 2017

Fields of Expertise

  • Information, Communication & Computing

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