The Semantic Web: Research and Applications

Volume 4011 of the series Lecture Notes in Computer Science pp 712-724

Semantic Web Policies – A Discussion of Requirements and Research Issues

  • P. A. BonattiAffiliated withUniversità di Napoli Federico II
  • , C. DumaAffiliated withLinköpings universitet
  • , N. FuchsAffiliated withUniversity of Zurich
  • , W. NejdlAffiliated withL3S Research Center and University of Hanover
  • , D. OlmedillaAffiliated withL3S Research Center and University of Hanover
  • , J. PeerAffiliated withSt. Gallen University
  • , N. ShahmehriAffiliated withLinköpings universitet

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Policies are pervasive in web applications. They play crucial roles in enhancing security, privacy and usability of distributed services. There has been extensive research in the area, including the Semantic Web community, but several aspects still exist that prevent policy frameworks from widespread adoption and real world application. This paper discusses important requirements and open research issues in this context, focusing on policies in general and their integration into trust management frameworks, as well as on approaches to increase system cooperation, usability and user-awareness of policy issues.


Integrated heterogeneous policies Cooperative policy enforcement Lightweight trust Trust management Natural language interfaces Explanation mechanisms