ProdLight: A Lightweight Ontology for Product Description Based on Datatype Properties

  • Martin Hepp
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4439)


Web pages representing offerings of products and services are a major source of data for Semantic Web-based e-commerce. This data could be useful for numerous applications, e.g. (1) more precise product search engines and shopping bots, (2) aggregation or enrichment of multi-vendor catalogs using public product descriptions, or (3) the automated discovery of additional alternatives based on the combination of multiple items. While there are already some ontologies for products and services available, they are very large in size (20 – 70,000 classes), and thus not always suitable as ontology imports. In this paper, we take a different approach: We represent the semantics of offerings on the Web using a very lightweight ontology of datatype properties in combi- nation with popular classifications like UNSPSC and eCl@ss. We then demonstrate how this representation can be mapped easily to comprehensive ontologies for products and services like eClassOWL. Our approach provides a straightforward solution for annotating offerings on the Web while avoiding the overhead of importing fully-fledged products and services ontologies in every single annotation. We can show that our proposal has technical advantages and eliminates legal problems when reusing existing standards.


Service Instance Product Description Taxonomic Class Service Ontology Simple Knowledge Organisation System 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Martin Hepp
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  1. 1.Digital Enterprise Research Institute (DERI), University of Innsbruck 

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