PepeSearch: Easy to Use and Easy to Install Semantic Data Search

  • Guillermo Vega-GorgojoEmail author
  • Laura Slaughter
  • Martin Giese
  • Simen Heggestøyl
  • Johan Wilhelm Klüwer
  • Arild Waaler
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9989)


Despite the increasing availability of RDF datasets, searching and browsing semantic data is still a daunting task for mainstream users. With PepeSearch, it is easy to query an arbitrary triple store without previous knowledge of RDF/SPARQL. PepeSearch offers a form-based interface with simple and intuitive elements such as drop-down menus or sliders that are automatically mapped from the ontological structures of the target dataset. In this demonstration we will show how to set up a PepeSearch instance, how to formulate queries and how to retrieve results.



This work has been partially funded by the Norwegian Research Council through the HealthInsight project (NFR 247784/O70), and the European Commission through the Optique (FP7 GA 318338), and BYTE (FP7 GA 619551) projects.


  1. 1.
    Haag, F., Lohmann, S., Siek, S., Ertl, T.: QueryVOWL: visual composition of SPARQL queries. In: Gandon, F., et al. (eds.) ESWC 2015. LNCS, vol. 9341, pp. 62–66. Springer, Heidelberg (2015). doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-25639-9_12 CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. 2.
    Russell, A., Smart, P.R., Braines, D., Shadbolt, N.R.: Nitelight: a graphical tool for semantic query construction. In: Semantic Web User Interaction Workshop (SWUI 2008), Florence, Italy (2008)Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    Viégas, F.B., Donath, J.: Social network visualization: can we go beyond the graph? In: Proceedings of the Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW 2004), Workshop on Social Networks, Banff, Canada, vol. 4, pp. 6–10 (2004)Google Scholar
  4. 4.
    Elbedweihy, K., Wrigley, S.N., Ciravegna, F.: Evaluating semantic search query approaches with expert and casual users. In: Cudré-Mauroux, P., et al. (eds.) ISWC 2012, Part II. LNCS, vol. 7650, pp. 274–286. Springer, Heidelberg (2012)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  5. 5.
    Vega-Gorgojo, G., Giese, M., Heggestøyl, S., Soylu, A., Waaler, A.: PepeSearch: semantic data for the masses. In: PLOS ONE (2016).
  6. 6.
    Pathak, J., Kiefer, R.C., Chute, C.G.: Using semantic web technologies for cohort identification from electronic health records for clinical research. AMIA Summits Transl. Sci. Proc. 2012, 10–19 (2012)Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer International Publishing AG 2016

Authors and Affiliations

  • Guillermo Vega-Gorgojo
    • 1
    Email author
  • Laura Slaughter
    • 2
  • Martin Giese
    • 1
  • Simen Heggestøyl
    • 1
  • Johan Wilhelm Klüwer
    • 3
  • Arild Waaler
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of InformaticsUniversity of OsloOsloNorway
  2. 2.Oslo University HospitalOsloNorway
  3. 3.Det Norske Veritas (DNV)HøvikNorway

Personalised recommendations