Semantic Data Mediator: Linking Services to Websites
Many websites offer links to social media sites for convenient content sharing. Unfortunately, those sharing capabilities are quite restricted and it is seldom possible to share content with other services, like those provided by a user’s favorite applications or smart devices. In this paper, we present Semantic Data Mediator (SDM) — a flexible middleware linking a vast number of services to millions of websites. Based on reusable repositories of service descriptions defined by the crowd, users can easily fill a personal registry with their favorite services, which can then be linked to websites by SDM. For this, SDM leverages semantic data, which is already available on millions of websites due to search engine optimization. Further support for our approach from website or service developers is not required. To enable the use of a broad range of services, data conversion services are automatically composed by SDM to transform data according to the needs of the different services. In addition to linking web services, various service adapters allow services of applications and smart devices to be linked as well. We have fully implemented our approach and present a real-world case study demonstrating its feasibility and usefulness.
KeywordsServices Semantic data Mediation Data conversion Interface adaptation
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