ExConQuer: Lowering barriers to RDF and Linked Data re-use

Tracking #: 1451-2663

Judie Attard
Fabrizio Orlandi
Sören Auer

Responsible editor: 
Werner Kuhn

Submission type: 
Tool/System Report
A major obstacle to the wider use of semantic technology is the perceived complexity of RDF data by stakeholders who are not familiar with the Linked Data paradigm, or are otherwise unaware of a dataset’s underlying schema. In order to help overcome this barrier, we propose the ExConQuer Framework (Explore, Convert, and Query Framework) as a set of tools that preserve the semantic richness of the data model while catering for simplified and workable views of the data. Through the available tools users are able to explore and query linked open datasets without requiring any knowledge of SPARQL or the datasets’ underlying schema. Moreover, executed queries are persisted so that they can be easily explored and re-used, and even edited. Therefore, with this framework we attempt to target the evident niche in existing tools that are intended to be used by non-experts to consume Linked Data to its full potential.
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By Martin Tomko submitted on 04/Sep/2016
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By Andrea Ballatore submitted on 10/Sep/2016
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The authors addressed all of my concerns, and I have no further objections to the publication of the article in its current form.

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By Tomi Kauppinen submitted on 11/Oct/2016
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This manuscript was submitted as 'Tools and Systems Report' and should be reviewed along the following dimensions: (1) Quality, importance, and impact of the described tool or system (convincing evidence must be provided). (2) Clarity, illustration, and readability of the describing paper, which shall convey to the reader both the capabilities and the limitations of the tool.