Ontology-Based Question Answering for Digital Libraries

  • Stephan Bloehdorn
  • Philipp Cimiano
  • Alistair Duke
  • Peter Haase
  • Jörg Heizmann
  • Ian Thurlow
  • Johanna Völker
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4675)

Abstract

In this paper we present an approach to question answering over heterogeneous knowledge sources that makes use of different ontology management components within the scenario of a digital library application. We present a principled framework for integrating structured metadata and unstructured resource content in a seamless manner which can then be flexibly queried using structured queries expressed in natural language. The novelty of the approach lies in the combination of different semantic technologies providing a clear benefit for the application scenario considered. The resulting system is implemented as part of the digital library of British Telecommunications (BT). The original contribution of our paper lies in the architecture we present allowing for the non-straightforward integration of the different components we consider.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stephan Bloehdorn
    • 1
  • Philipp Cimiano
    • 1
  • Alistair Duke
    • 2
  • Peter Haase
    • 1
  • Jörg Heizmann
    • 3
  • Ian Thurlow
    • 2
  • Johanna Völker
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute AIFB, University of Karlsruhe, D-76128 KarlsruheGermany
  2. 2.British Telecom, Adastral Park, Ipswich IP5 3REUK
  3. 3.ontoprise GmbH, Amalienbadstr. 36, D-76227 KarlsruheGermany

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