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Proceedings (peer-reviewed)

ISBN 978-3-030-33245-7
Title of proceedings On the Move to Meaningful Internet Systems: OTM 2019 Conferences
Place Rhodes, Greece
DOI 10.1007/978-3-030-33246-4_38

Open Access

Type of Open Access Publisher (Gold Open Access)


Semantic heterogeneity remains a problem when interoperating with data from sources of different scopes and knowledge domains. Causes for this challenge are context-specific requirements (i.e. no “one model fits all”), different data modelling decisions, domain-specific purposes, and technical constraints. Moreover, even if the problem of semantic heterogeneity among different RDF publishers and knowledge domains is solved, querying and accessing the data of distributed RDF datasets on the Web is not straightforward. This is because of the complex and fastidious process needed to understand how these datasets can be related or linked, and consequently, queried. To address this issue, we propose to extend the existing Vocabulary of Interlinked Datasets (VoID) by introducing new terms such as the Virtual Link Set concept and data model patterns. A virtual link is a connection between resources such as literals and IRIs (Internationalized Resource Identifier) with some commonality where each of these resources is from a different RDF dataset. The links are required in order to understand how to semantically relate datasets. In addition, we describe several benefits of using virtual links to improve interoperability between heterogenous and independent datasets. Finally, we exemplify and apply our approach to multiple world-wide used RDF datasets.