Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations

Semantic web made easy: Tool developed by computer scientists paves way for web of the future

Date:
July 21, 2010
Source:
Facultad de Informática de la Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
Summary:
Researchers in Spain have developed a tool that simplifies the use of the semantic web. The new tool, called Fortunata, can be used by developers, graphic designers and end users without an in-depth knowledge of informatics.

Example of VPOET template use. Users can login into VPOET to find out what a semantic data source (or one particular datum from a source) rendered by an output template created by a graphic designer will look like. Output templates are used to navigate linked semantic data, skipping from one data source to another just like conventional web browsers skip from one web page another.
Credit: Image courtesy of Facultad de Informática de la Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

In partnership with the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid's Department of Informatics Engineering, researchers from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid's Ontology Engineering Group, based at the Facultad de Informática, have developed a tool that simplifies the use of the semantic web. The new tool, called Fortunata, can be used by developers, graphic designers and end users without an in-depth knowledge of informatics.

The semantic web, or data web, is based on the idea of adding semantic information to the Internet contents. The goal is to improve the Internet by extending interoperability among software systems. The end result will be intelligent agents, that is, software programs capable of searching and interrelating information without human operators.

A developer untrained in semantic web technologies can use this tool to create web applications that use and generate semantic data. The web applications developed using this infrastructure are no different in appearance or functionality from traditional web applications, and application users are unaware that they are using or generating semantic information.

Early experiments show that users find the applications generated with this infrastructure to be very usable and satisfactory to use, irrespective of their knowledge of informatics.

Advanced knowledge

Advanced knowledge of web technologies and semantic technologies needs to be combined to develop web applications that exploit the semantic web. This calls for highly specialized developers. However, the new infrastructure simplifies the development of semantic web applications by chunking the development task across less demanding professional profiles, allocating specific tasks to each profile and minimizing interdependencies.

The process for applying this new tool is as follows. Firstly, the web designer is responsible for creating semantic templates, capable of rendering semantic data (data presentation templates) or gathering data from the user (data capture templates) that will be converted into semantic data. The experiments show that, with a little training and without any knowledge of semantic technologies, graphic designers can easily create attractive web templates using the tools provided.

Secondly, the developer (web applications creator) uses these templates to create web applications that render and/or create semantic data. They can use these templates with any programming language and without any knowledge of semantic web technologies.

Even people with no more than a basic knowledge of web technologies can benefit from these semantic templates. A Google gadget has been developed that helps users to insert a template in any web page. This gadget is easy to configure by just specifying the location of the semantic data that are to be rendered and the template to be used.

Adaptation for mobile phones

In the future, semantic agents will be able to select the template best suited to each user and adapt to the user device (e.g. mobile phone, TV, PC), user interactive characteristics (e.g. low vision, colour blindness) or user aesthetic preferences.

The results of this research, developed by Oscar Corcho and Mariano Rico, of the UPM's Ontology Engineering Group at the Facultad de Informática, and David Camacho, of the UAM's Department of Informatics Engineering, was published in Intelligent Distributed Information Systems (Volume 180, Issue 10, 15 May 2010, Pages 1850-1864).


Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by Facultad de Informática de la Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Journal Reference:

  1. Mariano Rico, David Camacho, Óscar Corcho. A contribution-based framework for the creation of semantically-enabled web applications. Information Sciences, 2010; 180 (10): 1850 DOI: 10.1016/j.ins.2009.07.004

Cite This Page:

Facultad de Informática de la Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. "Semantic web made easy: Tool developed by computer scientists paves way for web of the future." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 21 July 2010. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/07/100721085348.htm>.
Facultad de Informática de la Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. (2010, July 21). Semantic web made easy: Tool developed by computer scientists paves way for web of the future. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 24, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/07/100721085348.htm
Facultad de Informática de la Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. "Semantic web made easy: Tool developed by computer scientists paves way for web of the future." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/07/100721085348.htm (accessed April 24, 2014).

Share This



More Computers & Math News

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations


Featured Videos

from AP, Reuters, AFP, and other news services

Will New FCC Rules Trigger Death Of Net Neutrality?

Will New FCC Rules Trigger Death Of Net Neutrality?

Newsy (Apr. 24, 2014) — The Federal Communications Commission will reportedly propose new rules for Net neutrality that could undermine the principles of a free and open Web. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
Apple Beats Estimates, Most Looking to Second Half of 2014

Apple Beats Estimates, Most Looking to Second Half of 2014

TheStreet (Apr. 24, 2014) — TheStreet's Stephanie Link and Real Money Contributor Dan Nathan discuss Apple's first quarter results. Link and Nathan expected the tech giant to lower guidance for the current quarter which they felt could send shares lower and present a buying opportunity. Nathan says options are cheap because Apple has been aggressively buying back shares. Video provided by TheStreet
Powered by NewsLook.com
Raw: Obama Plays Soccer With Japanese Robot

Raw: Obama Plays Soccer With Japanese Robot

AP (Apr. 24, 2014) — President Obama briefly played soccer with a robot during his visit to Japan on Thursday. The President has been emphasizing technology along with security concerns during his visit. (April 24) Video provided by AP
Powered by NewsLook.com
Obama Encourages Japanese Student-Scientists

Obama Encourages Japanese Student-Scientists

AP (Apr. 24, 2014) — President Obama spoke with student innovators in Japan and urged them to take part in increased opportunities for student exchanges with the US. (April 24) Video provided by AP
Powered by NewsLook.com

Search ScienceDaily

Number of stories in archives: 140,361

Find with keyword(s):
 
Enter a keyword or phrase to search ScienceDaily for related topics and research stories.

Save/Print:
Share:  

Breaking News:
from the past week

In Other News

... from NewsDaily.com

Science News

Health News

Environment News

Technology News



Save/Print:
Share:  

Free Subscriptions


Get the latest science news with ScienceDaily's free email newsletters, updated daily and weekly. Or view hourly updated newsfeeds in your RSS reader:

Get Social & Mobile


Keep up to date with the latest news from ScienceDaily via social networks and mobile apps:

Have Feedback?


Tell us what you think of ScienceDaily -- we welcome both positive and negative comments. Have any problems using the site? Questions?
Mobile iPhone Android Web
Follow Facebook Twitter Google+
Subscribe RSS Feeds Email Newsletters
Latest Headlines Health & Medicine Mind & Brain Space & Time Matter & Energy Computers & Math Plants & Animals Earth & Climate Fossils & Ruins