AAAI Publications, 2010 AAAI Spring Symposium Series

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Publishing Data that Links Itself: A Conjecture
Giovanni Tummarello, Renaud Delbru

Last modified: 2010-03-23


With the advent of RDFa and the at least partial support by major search engines, semantically structured data is more and more appearing on the Web. To enable high value use cases, links between entity descriptions need to be established. The linked data model suggests that links should be state explicitly by those who expose entity descriptions, but unlike on the normal web, incentives for doing so are unclear so that the model ultimately seems to fail in practice. In this position paper, we make the conjecture that explicit links are not needed for realizing the semantic web. We propose discuss how Record Linkage techniques are in general very well suited for the task but argue the need for a tool would allow data publishers to have an active role in producing entity descriptions that can then be linked automatically.

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