Linked Data Wrapping as a Service

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Iker Azpeitia
Jon Iturrioz
Oscar Díaz

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Ruben Verborgh

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Platform as a service (PaaS) allows customers to develop, run, and manage applications without being involved in maintaining the associated infrastructure. We believe Linked Data Wrappers (LDWs) might well benefit from this kind of ap- proach. LDWs have been proposed to integrate Open APIs into the Linked Data Cloud. Frequently, LDWs are developed in-house and its lifetime is that of the containing application. We advocate for LDWs to be externalized into third-party platforms. Be- sides the PaaS benefits, this approach addresses one of LDWs’ main hurdles: maintenance. API upgrades are LDWs’ Damocles sword. A LDW platform might well offer support for collaborative LDW definition and maintenance, extending their lifetime beyond their breakout applications, and in so doing, becoming a sound Semantic layer on top of existing Open APIs. This paper contributes to this vision through: (1) identifying a set of requirements for LDW platforms; (2) instantiating these requirements for Yahoo’s YQL; and (3) validating the extent to which this approach accounts for collaborative maintenance.
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