Linking Semantic Desktop Data to the Web of Data

author: Laura Dragan, DERI Galway, National University of Ireland, Galway
published: Nov. 25, 2011,   recorded: October 2011,   views: 2618


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The goal of the Semantic Desktop is to enable better organization of the personal information on our computers, by applying semantic technologies on the desktop. However, information on our desktop is often incomplete, as it is based on our subjective view, or limited knowledge about an entity. On the other hand, the Web of Data contains information about virtually everything, generally from multiple sources. Connecting the desktop to the Web of Data would thus enrich and complement desktop information. Bringing in information from the Web of Data automatically would take the burden of searching for information o the user. In addition, connecting the two networks of data opens up the possibility of advanced personal services on the desktop. Our solution tackles the problems raised above by using a semantic search engine for the Web of Data, such as Sindice, to find and retrieve a relevant subset of entities from the web. We present a matching framework, using a combination of confi gurable heuristics and rules to compare data graphs, that achieves a high degree of precision in the linking decision.We evaluate our methodology with real-world data; create a gold standard from relevance judgements by experts, and we measure the performance of our system against it. We show that it is possible to automatically link desktop data with web data in an eff ective way.

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