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A Visual Approach to Semantic Query Design Using a Web-Based Graphical Query Designer

A Visual Approach to Semantic Query Design Using a Web-Based Graphical Query Designer
A Visual Approach to Semantic Query Design Using a Web-Based Graphical Query Designer
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 NITELIGHT, a Web-based graphical tool for semantic query construction that is based on the W3C SPARQL specification. NITELIGHT combines a number of features to support end-users with respect to the creation of SPARQL queries. These include a columnar ontology browser, an interactive graphical design surface, a SPARQL-compliant visual query language, a SPARQL syntax viewer and an integrated semantic query results browser. The functionality of each of these components is described in the current paper. In addition, we discuss the potential contribution of the NITELIGHT tool to rule creation/editing and semantic integration capabilities.
sparql, visual query system, semantic web, graphical query language, ontology, owl, rdf, semantic integration, ontology alignment
Smart, Paul R
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Russell, Alistair
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Braines, Dave
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Smart, Paul R, Russell, Alistair, Braines, Dave, Kalfoglou, Yannis, Bao, Jie and Shadbolt, Nigel (2008) A Visual Approach to Semantic Query Design Using a Web-Based Graphical Query Designer. 16th International Conference on Knowledge Engineering and Knowledge Management (EKAW 2008), Italy. 29 Sep - 03 Oct 2008.

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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 NITELIGHT, a Web-based graphical tool for semantic query construction that is based on the W3C SPARQL specification. NITELIGHT combines a number of features to support end-users with respect to the creation of SPARQL queries. These include a columnar ontology browser, an interactive graphical design surface, a SPARQL-compliant visual query language, a SPARQL syntax viewer and an integrated semantic query results browser. The functionality of each of these components is described in the current paper. In addition, we discuss the potential contribution of the NITELIGHT tool to rule creation/editing and semantic integration capabilities.

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Published date: 29 September 2008
Additional Information: Event Dates: 29th September-3rd October 2008
Venue - Dates: 16th International Conference on Knowledge Engineering and Knowledge Management (EKAW 2008), Italy, 2008-09-29 - 2008-10-03
Keywords: sparql, visual query system, semantic web, graphical query language, ontology, owl, rdf, semantic integration, ontology alignment
Organisations: Web & Internet Science, Agents, Interactions & Complexity

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Local EPrints ID: 265747
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/265747
PURE UUID: ec187233-f22c-4dec-b18d-2720a228e725
ORCID for Paul R Smart: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-9989-5307

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Date deposited: 10 Jul 2008 18:34
Last modified: 19 Nov 2019 01:49

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Author: Paul R Smart ORCID iD
Author: Alistair Russell
Author: Dave Braines
Author: Yannis Kalfoglou
Author: Jie Bao
Author: Nigel Shadbolt

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