Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction to Web of Data

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Christian Bizer, Pablo N. Mendes, Anja Jentzsch
      Pages 3-29
    3. Yongming Luo, François Picalausa, George H. L. Fletcher, Jan Hidders, Stijn Vansummeren
      Pages 31-60
    4. Marco Brambilla, Stefano Ceri
      Pages 61-77
  3. Search over the Web

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 79-79
    2. Roberto De Virgilio, Paolo Cappellari, Antonio Maccioni, Riccardo Torlone
      Pages 81-107
    3. Gideon Zenz, Xuan Zhou, Enrico Minack, Wolf Siberski, Wolfgang Nejdl
      Pages 109-130
    4. Sonia Bergamaschi, Elton Domnori, Francesco Guerra, Silvia Rota, Raquel Trillo Lado, Yannis Velegrakis
      Pages 131-158
    5. Klara Weiand, Andreas Hartl, Steffen Hausmann, Tim Furche, François Bry
      Pages 159-192
    6. Oktie Hassanzadeh, Anastasios Kementsietsidis, Lipyeow Lim, Renée J. Miller, Min Wang
      Pages 193-223
    7. Ekaterini Ioannou, Wolfgang Nejdl, Claudia Niederée, Yannis Velegrakis
      Pages 225-253
    8. Andrea Calì, Georg Gottlob, Andreas Pieris
      Pages 255-281
    9. Devis Bianchini, Valeria De Antonellis
      Pages 283-307
  4. Linked Data Search Engines

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 309-309
    2. Roberto Mirizzi, Azzurra Ragone, Tommaso Di Noia, Eugenio Di Sciascio
      Pages 311-331
    3. Paolo Merialdo, Paolo Papotti
      Pages 333-359
    4. Andreas Harth, Aidan Hogan, Jürgen Umbrich, Sheila Kinsella, Axel Polleres, Stefan Decker
      Pages 361-414
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 415-417

About this book


The Web has become the world’s largest database, with search being the main tool that allows  organizations and individuals to exploit its huge amount of information. Search on the Web has been traditionally based on textual and structural similarities, ignoring to a large degree the semantic dimension, i.e., understanding the meaning of the query and of the document content. Combining search and semantics gives birth to the idea of semantic search. Traditional search engines have already advertised some semantic dimensions. Some of them, for instance, can enhance their generated result sets with documents that are semantically related to the query terms even though they may not include these terms. Nevertheless, the exploitation of the semantic search has not yet reached its full potential.

In this book, Roberto De Virgilio, Francesco Guerra and Yannis Velegrakis present an extensive overview of the work done in Semantic Search and other related areas. They explore different technologies and solutions in depth, making their collection a valuable and stimulating reading for both academic and industrial researchers.

The book is divided into three parts. The first introduces the readers to the basic notions of the Web of Data. It describes the different kinds of data that exist, their topology, and their storing and indexing techniques. The second part is dedicated to Web Search. It presents different types of search, like the exploratory or the path-oriented, alongside methods for their efficient and effective implementation. Other related topics included in this part are the use of uncertainty in query answering, the exploitation of ontologies, and the use of semantics in mashup design and operation. The focus of the third part is on linked data, and more specifically, on applying ideas originating in recommender systems on linked data management, and on techniques for the efficiently querying answering on linked data.


Linked Data Mashup Massive Data Sets RDF Semantic Search Web of Data

Editors and affiliations

  • Roberto De Virgilio
    • 1
  • Francesco Guerra
    • 2
  • Yannis Velegrakis
    • 3
  1. 1., Dipartimento di InformaticaUniversità degli Studi Roma TreRomaItaly
  2. 2.e Reggio Emilia, Dipartimento di Economia AziendaleUniversità degli Studi di ModenaModenaItaly
  3. 3.Università degli Studi di TrentoTrentoItaly

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2012
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Computer Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-25007-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-25008-8
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