A Structured Semantic Query Interface for Reasoning-based Search and Retrieval

Presented at: 8th Extended Semantic Web Conference (ESWC2011)

by Dimitrios Koutsomitropoulos, Georgia Solomou, Ricardo Borillo Domench

Information and knowledge retrieval are today some of the main assets of the Semantic Web. However, a notable immaturity still exists, as to what tools, methods and standards may be used to effectively achieve these goals. No matter what approach is actually followed, querying Semantic Web information often requires deep knowledge of the ontological syntax, the querying protocol and the knowledge base structure as well as a careful elaboration of the query itself, in order to extract the desired results. In this paper, we propose a structured semantic query interface that helps to construct and submit entailment-based queries in an intuitive way. It is designed so as to capture the meaning of the intended user query, regardless of the formalism actually being used, and to transparently formulate one in reasoner-compatible format. This interface has been deployed on top of the semantic search prototype of the DSpace digital repository system.

Keywords: Manchester Syntax, Semantic Web, entailment, guided input, ontologies, querying, reasoning

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