The University of Southampton
University of Southampton Institutional Repository

Semiometrics: Applying Ontologies across Large-Scale Digital Libraries

McRae-Spencer, Duncan and Shadbolt, Nigel (2006) Semiometrics: Applying Ontologies across Large-Scale Digital Libraries At Second International Workshop on Scalable Semantic Web Knowledge Base Systems (SSWS 2006), Georgia.

Record type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)


As large-scale digital libraries become more available and complete, not to mention more numerous, it is clear there is a need for services that can draw together and perform inference calculations on the metadata produced. However, the traditional Relational Database Management System (RDBMS) model, while efficiently constructed and optimised for many business structures, does not necessarily cope well with issues of concurrent data updates and retrieval at the scale of hundreds of thousands of papers. At the same time the growth of RDF and the increasing interest in Semantic Web technologies perhaps begins to present a viable alternative at a scalable, practical level. This paper considers a specific application of large-scale metadata analysis and conducts scalability tests using real-world data. It concludes that RDF technologies are both a scalable and performance-realistic alternative to traditional RDBMS approaches. It also shows that for relationship-based queries on large-scale metadata stores, RDF technologies can significantly out-perform traditional RDBMS approaches by allowing both retrieval and updating of data in a timely manner.

PDF dmms03rSemiometrics_SWSS2006_FINAL.pdf - Other
Download (194kB)

More information

Published date: 2006
Additional Information: Event Dates: 5 November 2006
Venue - Dates: Second International Workshop on Scalable Semantic Web Knowledge Base Systems (SSWS 2006), Georgia, 2006-11-05
Organisations: Web & Internet Science


Local EPrints ID: 263171
PURE UUID: f31e1fd2-2c64-4818-aeb2-66a8a00d5777

Catalogue record

Date deposited: 10 Nov 2006
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 08:43

Export record


Author: Duncan McRae-Spencer
Author: Nigel Shadbolt

University divisions

Download statistics

Downloads from ePrints over the past year. Other digital versions may also be available to download e.g. from the publisher's website.

View more statistics

Atom RSS 1.0 RSS 2.0

Contact ePrints Soton:

ePrints Soton supports OAI 2.0 with a base URL of

This repository has been built using EPrints software, developed at the University of Southampton, but available to everyone to use.

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue without changing your settings, we will assume that you are happy to receive cookies on the University of Southampton website.