Institute for Informatics
Georg-August-Universität Göttingen

Databases and Information Systems

Uni Göttingen

International Conference on Cooperative Information Systems (CoopIS 2009),
Vilamoura, Portugal, Nov. 3 - 5, 2009. Springer LNCS 5870, pp. 112-129.

Semantic Annotations and Querying of Web Data Sources

Thomas Hornung, Wolfgang May


A large part of the Web, actually holding a significant portion of the useful information throughout the Web, consists of views on hidden databases, provided by numerous heterogeneous interfaces that are partly human-oriented via Web forms ("Deep Web"), and partly based on Web Services (only machine accessible). In this paper we present an approach for annotating these sources in a way that makes them citizens of the Semantic Web. We illustrate how queries can be stated in terms of the ontology, and how the annotations are used to select and access appropriate sources and to answer the queries.

[Slides (pdf)]
An extended talk about the framework can be found [here (pdf)]