ILastic: Linked Data Generation Workflow and User Interface for iMinds Scholarly Data

  • Anastasia DimouEmail author
  • Gerald Haesendonck
  • Martin Vanbrabant
  • Laurens De Vocht
  • Ruben Verborgh
  • Steven Latré
  • Erik Mannens
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10959)


Enriching scholarly data with metadata enhances the publications’ meaning. Unfortunately, different publishers of overlapping or complementary scholarly data neglect general-purpose solutions for metadata and instead use their own ad-hoc solutions. This leads to duplicate efforts and entails non-negligible implementation and maintenance costs. In this paper, we propose a reusable Linked Data publishing workflow that can be easily adjusted by different data owners to (i) generate and publish Linked Data, and (ii) align scholarly data repositories with enrichments over the publications’ content. As a proof-of-concept, the proposed workflow was applied to the iMinds research institute data warehouse, which was aligned with publications’ content derived from Ghent University’s digital repository. Moreover, we developed a user interface to help lay users with the exploration of the iLastic Linked Data set. Our proposed approach relies on a general-purpose workflow. This way, we manage to reduce the development and maintenance costs and increase the quality of the resulting Linked Data.



The described research activities were funded by Ghent University, imec, Flanders Innovation and Entrepreneurship (AIO), the Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO), and the European Union (EU).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Anastasia Dimou
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Gerald Haesendonck
    • 1
  • Martin Vanbrabant
    • 1
  • Laurens De Vocht
    • 1
  • Ruben Verborgh
    • 1
  • Steven Latré
    • 2
  • Erik Mannens
    • 1
  1. 1.IDLab, IMECGhent UniversityGhentBelgium
  2. 2.IDLab, IMECUniversity of AntwerpAntwerpenBelgium

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