• Francesco Guerra
  • Yannis VelegrakisEmail author
  • Jorge Cardoso
  • John G. Breslin
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10546)


As more and more data becomes available on the Web, as its complexity increases and as the Web’s user base shifts towards a more general non-technical population, keyword searching is becoming a valuable alternative to traditional SQL queries, mainly due to its simplicity and the lower effort/expertise it requires. Existing approaches suffer from a number of limitations when applied to multi-source scenarios requiring some form of query planning, without direct access to database instances, and with frequent updates precluding any effective implementation of data indexes. Typical scenarios include Deep Web databases, virtual data integration systems and data on the Web. Therefore, building effective keyword searching techniques can have an extensive impact since it allows non-professional users to access large amounts of information stored in structured repositories through simple keyword-based query interfaces. This revolutionises the paradigm of searching for data since users are offered access to structured data in a similar manner to the one they already use for documents. To build a successful, unified and effective solution, the action “semantic KEYword-based Search on sTructured data sOurcEs” (KEYSTONE) promoted synergies across several disciplines, such as semantic data management, the Semantic Web, information retrieval, artificial intelligence, machine learning, user interaction, interface design, and natural language processing. This paper describes the main achievements of this COST Action.



This paper was supported by COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) under Action IC1302 (KEYSTONE), and Science Foundation Ireland under Grant Number SFI/12/RC/2289 (INSIGHT).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Francesco Guerra
    • 1
  • Yannis Velegrakis
    • 2
    Email author
  • Jorge Cardoso
    • 3
  • John G. Breslin
    • 4
  1. 1.Università di Modena e Reggio EmiliaModenaItaly
  2. 2.University of TrentoTrentoItaly
  3. 3.Huawei Research CenterMunichGermany
  4. 4.Insight Centre for Data AnalyticsNUI GalwayGalwayIreland

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