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SpotTheLink: A Game-Based Approach to the Alignment of Ontologies

SpotTheLink: A Game-Based Approach to the Alignment of Ontologies
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Author(s): Stefan Thaler (STI-Innsbruck, University of Innsbruck, Austria), Elena Simperl (AIFB, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany), Katharina Siorpaes (STI-Innsbruck, University of Innsbruck, Austria) and Stephan Wölger (STI-Innsbruck, University of Innsbruck, Austria)
Copyright: 2012
Pages: 24
Source title: Collaboration and the Semantic Web: Social Networks, Knowledge Networks, and Knowledge Resources
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Stefan Brüggemann (Astrium Space Transportation, Germany) and Claudia d’Amato (University of Bari, Italy)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-0894-8.ch003


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A multitude of approaches to match, merge, and integrate ontologies, and more recently, to interlink RDF data sets, have been proposed over the past years, making ontology alignment one of the most active and at the same time mature area of research and development in semantic technologies. While advances in the area cannot be contested, it is equally true that full automation of the ontology-alignment process is far from being feasible; human input is often indispensable for the bootstrapping of the underlying methods, and for the validation of the results. The question of acquiring and leveraging such human input remains largely unaddressed, in particular when it comes to the incentives and motivators that are likely to make users invest their valuable time and effort in alignment tasks such as entity interlinking and schema matching, which can be domain-knowledge-intensive, technical, or both. In this chapter, the authors present SpotTheLink, a game whose purpose addresses this challenge, demonstrating how knowledge-intensive tasks in the area of the Semantic Web can be collaboratively solved by a community of non-experts in an entertaining fashion.

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