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GoRelations: an Intuitive Query System for DBPedia (and LOD)

Description: Users need better ways to explore linked open data collections and obtain information from it. Using SPARQL requires not only mastering its syntax and semantics but also understanding the RDF data model, the ontology used by the DBpedia, and URIs for entities of interest. Natural language question answering systems solve the problem, but these are still subjects of research. We are developing a compromise approach in which non-experts specify a graphical “skeleton” for a query and annotate it with freely chosen words, phrases and entity names. The combination reduces ambiguity and allows us to reliably produce an interpretation that can be translated into SPARQL.

Type: Presentation

Authors: Lushan Han, and Tim Finin

Date: November 15, 2011

Tags: semantic web

Format: Microsoft PowerPoint (Need a reader? Get one here)

Number of downloads: 325

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  1. (Resource) GoRelations: an Intuitive Query System for DBPedia (and LOD) is the PowerPoint slides of (Event) Semantic Web Meetup