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NITELIGHT: A Graphical Tool for Semantic Query Construction

NITELIGHT: A Graphical Tool for Semantic Query Construction
NITELIGHT: A Graphical Tool for Semantic Query Construction
Query formulation is a key aspect of information retrieval, contributing to both the efficiency and usability of many semantic applications. A number of query languages, such as SPARQL, have been developed for the Semantic Web; however, there are, as yet, few tools to support end users with respect to the creation and editing of semantic queries. In this paper we introduce a graphical tool for semantic query construction (NITELIGHT) that is based on the SPARQL query language specification. The tool supports end users by providing a set of graphical notations that represent semantic query language constructs. This language provides a visual query language counterpart to SPARQL that we call vSPARQL. NITELIGHT also provides an interactive graphical editing environment that combines ontology navigation capabilities with graphical query visualization techniques. This paper describes the functionality and user interaction features of the NITELIGHT tool based on our work to date. We also present details of the vSPARQL constructs used to support the graphical representation of SPARQL queries.
sparql, visual query system, semantic web, graphical query language, ontology, owl, graphical user interfaces, query formulation, query languages
Russell, Alistair
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Smart, Paul R.
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Braines, Dave
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Shadbolt, Nigel R.
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Russell, Alistair
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Smart, Paul R.
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Braines, Dave
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Shadbolt, Nigel R.
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Russell, Alistair, Smart, Paul R., Braines, Dave and Shadbolt, Nigel R. (2008) NITELIGHT: A Graphical Tool for Semantic Query Construction. Semantic Web User Interaction Workshop (SWUI 2008), Florence, Italy.

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Query formulation is a key aspect of information retrieval, contributing to both the efficiency and usability of many semantic applications. A number of query languages, such as SPARQL, have been developed for the Semantic Web; however, there are, as yet, few tools to support end users with respect to the creation and editing of semantic queries. In this paper we introduce a graphical tool for semantic query construction (NITELIGHT) that is based on the SPARQL query language specification. The tool supports end users by providing a set of graphical notations that represent semantic query language constructs. This language provides a visual query language counterpart to SPARQL that we call vSPARQL. NITELIGHT also provides an interactive graphical editing environment that combines ontology navigation capabilities with graphical query visualization techniques. This paper describes the functionality and user interaction features of the NITELIGHT tool based on our work to date. We also present details of the vSPARQL constructs used to support the graphical representation of SPARQL queries.

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Published date: 5 April 2008
Additional Information: Event Dates: 5th April 2008
Venue - Dates: Semantic Web User Interaction Workshop (SWUI 2008), Florence, Italy, 2008-04-04
Keywords: sparql, visual query system, semantic web, graphical query language, ontology, owl, graphical user interfaces, query formulation, query languages
Organisations: Web & Internet Science, Agents, Interactions & Complexity

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Local EPrints ID: 264975
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/264975
PURE UUID: 9badffa6-1445-4564-9161-12d413706ffc
ORCID for Paul R. Smart: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-9989-5307

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Date deposited: 17 Dec 2007 19:25
Last modified: 25 Jun 2020 00:28

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Author: Alistair Russell
Author: Paul R. Smart ORCID iD
Author: Dave Braines
Author: Nigel R. Shadbolt

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