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Link Traversal with Distributed Subweb Specifications

by Bart Bogaerts, Bas Ketsman, Younes Zeboudj, Heba Aamer, Ruben Taelman, and Ruben Verborgh

Link Traversal–based Query Processing (LTQP), in which a SPARQL query is evaluated over a web of documents rather than a single dataset, is often seen as a theoretically interesting yet impractical technique. However, in a time where the hypercentralization of data has increasingly come under scrutiny, a decentralized Web of Data with a simple document-based interface is appealing, as it enables data publishers to control their data and access rights. While LTQP allows evaluating complex queries over such webs, it suffers from performance issues (due to the high number of documents containing data) as well as information quality concerns (due to the many sources providing such documents). In existing LTQP approaches, the burden of finding sources to query is entirely in the hands of the data consumer. In this paper, we argue that to solve these issues, data publishers should also be able to suggest sources of interest and guide the data consumer towards relevant and trustworthy data. We introduce a theoretical framework that enables such guided link traversal and study its properties. We illustrate with a theoretic example that this can improve query results and reduce the number of network requests.

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To be published in 2021 in Proceedings of the 5th International Joint Conference on Rules and Reasoning.

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@inproceedings{bogaerts_rulemlrr_2021,
  author = {Bogaerts, Bart and Ketsman, Bas and Zeboudj, Younes and Aamer, Heba and Taelman, Ruben and Verborgh, Ruben},
  title = {Link Traversal with Distributed Subweb Specifications},
  year = 2021,
  booktitle = {Proceedings of the 5th International Joint Conference on Rules and Reasoning},
}

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B. Bogaerts, B. Ketsman, Y. Zeboudj, H. Aamer, R. Taelman, and R. Verborgh, “Link Traversal with Distributed Subweb Specifications,” in Proceedings of the 5th International Joint Conference on Rules and Reasoning, 2021. Accepted for publication.
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Bart Bogaerts, Bas Ketsman, Younes Zeboudj, Heba Aamer, Ruben Taelman, and Ruben Verborgh. 2021. Link Traversal with Distributed Subweb Specifications. In Proceedings of the 5th International Joint Conference on Rules and Reasoning. Accepted for publication.
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Bogaerts, B., Ketsman, B., Zeboudj, Y., Aamer, H., Taelman, R., Verborgh, R.: Link Traversal with Distributed Subweb Specifications. In: Proceedings of the 5th International Joint Conference on Rules and Reasoning (2021). Accepted for publication.
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Bogaerts, B., Ketsman, B., Zeboudj, Y., Aamer, H., Taelman, R., & Verborgh, R. (2021). Link Traversal with Distributed Subweb Specifications. Proceedings of the 5th International Joint Conference on Rules and Reasoning. Accepted for publication.
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Bogaerts, Bart, et al. “Link Traversal with Distributed Subweb Specifications.” Proceedings of the 5th International Joint Conference on Rules and Reasoning, 2021. Accepted for publication.

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