StYLiD: Structure Your own Linked Data

Aman Shakya, Hideaki Takeda, Vilas Wuwongse

Information sharing can be effective with structured data. The Semantic Web is mainly aimed at creating standard ontologies. However, users have different preferences and evolving requirements. It is not practical to attempt perfect schema definitions with strict constraints. Creating structured formats should be a collaborative and evolutionary process. Social software motivates wide participation by providing easy interface. We propose a system called StYLiD for sharing wide variety of structured information. Users freely define their own structured concepts. The system consolidates different versions defined by different users. Combined search and browsing can be done. Popular concepts gradually emerge from the concept cloud and stabilize. Concept definitions are flexible. The suggestive range for attribute values does not constrain the contributors. StYLiD generates unique dereferenceable URIs so that data items can form a linked data web. Structured data is embedded using RDFa.

Subjects: 1.4 Design; 10. Knowledge Acquisition

Submitted: Feb 13, 2008

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