Using DBpedia as a Knowledge Source for Culture-Related User Modelling Questionnaires

  • Dhavalkumar Thakker
  • Lydia Lau
  • Ronald Denaux
  • Vania Dimitrova
  • Paul Brna
  • Christina Steiner
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8538)


In the culture domain, questionnaires are often used to obtain profiles of users for adaptation. Creating questionnaires requires subject matter experts and diverse content, and often does not scale to a variety of cultures and situations. This paper presents a novel approach that is inspired by crowdwisdom and takes advantage of freely available structured linked data. It presents a mechanism for extracting culturally-related facts from DBpedia, utilised as a knowledge source in an interactive user modelling system. A user study, which examines the system usability and the accuracy of the resulting user model, demonstrates the potential of using DBpedia for generating culture-related user modelling questionnaires and points at issues for further investigation.


Culture-related user model linked data questionnaire generation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dhavalkumar Thakker
    • 1
  • Lydia Lau
    • 1
  • Ronald Denaux
    • 2
  • Vania Dimitrova
    • 1
  • Paul Brna
    • 1
  • Christina Steiner
    • 3
  1. 1.School of ComputingUniversity of LeedsUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.iSOCOMadridSpain
  3. 3.Knowledge Technologies InstituteGraz University of TechnologyAustria

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