Semantic Sitemaps: Efficient and Flexible Access to Datasets on the Semantic Web

Presented at: 5th European Semantic Web Conference (ESWC2008)

by Richard Cyganiak, Renaud Delbru, Holger Stenzhorn, Giovanni Tummarello, Stefan Decker


Increasing amounts of RDF data are available on the Web for consumption by Semantic Web browsers and indexing by Semantic Web search engines. Current Semantic Web publishing practices, however, do not directly support efficient discovery and high-performance retrieval by clients and search engines. We propose an extension to the Sitemaps protocol which provides a simple and effective solution: Data publishers create Semantic Sitemaps to announce and describe their data so that clients can choose the most appropriate access method. We show how this protocol enables an extended notion of authoritative information across different access methods.

Keywords: crawling, datasets, provenance, search, sitemaps, Computer Security, Compputer Security, Data Integration, Privacy, Search Engine, Semantic Web, Trust (social sciences), Trust (Social Sciences)

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