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Semantic Search Components: a blueprint for effective query language interfaces

Uren, V.S. and Motta, E. (2006) Semantic Search Components: a blueprint for effective query language interfaces. In Proceedings EKAW 2006, Managing Knowledge in a World of Networks, pages pp. 222-237, Podebrady, Czech Republic.

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Formulating complex queries is hard, especially in heterogeneous information environments, where users do not understand all the data structures of multiple complex knowledge bases. We see a gap between semantic search tools that are user friendly, but have restricted functionality, and powerful, formal query languages, which are unsuit-able for end users. We explore the complexity of semantic queries through an example. Building on this example, we propose a solution using a component based approach. We propose a layered architecture, with components taking an intermediary role between the end user inter-face and formal query languages. The kinds of components that would be needed for such a system are outlined, and challenges for the system are discussed, in particular, how to combine semantic searches.

Subjects:AKT Challenges > Knowledge retrieval
ID Code:560
Deposited By:Uren, Dr Victoria
Deposited On:14 February 2007

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