Product customization as Linked Data: demonstration

Presented at: 9th Extended Semantic Web Conference (ESWC2012)

by Fran├žois-Paul Servant, Edouard Chevalier

Exposing data about customizable products is a challenging issue, because of the number of features and options a customer can choose from, and the many constraints that exist between them. These constraints are not tractable without automatic reasoning. But the configuration process, which helps a customer to make her choice, one step at a time, is a traversal of a graph of partially defined products - that is, Linked Data. This natural yet fruitful abstraction for product customization results in a generic configuration API, in use at Renault, who has begun publishing data about its range in this way. Current achievements and prototypes of forthcoming developments are presented.

Keywords: GoodRelations, Linked Data, automotive, configuration, customizable product

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