WYSIWYM -- Integrated Visualization, Exploration and Authoring of Semantically Enriched Un-structured Content

Tracking #: 656-1866

Ali Khalili
Sören Auer

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Guest editors Semantic Web Interfaces

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The Semantic Web and Linked Data gained traction in the last years. However, the majority of information still is contained in unstructured documents. This can also not be expected to change, since text, images and videos are the natural way how humans interact with information. Semantic structuring on the other hand enables the (semi-)automatic integration, repurposing, rearrangement of information. NLP technologies and formalisms for the integrated representation of unstructured and semantic content (such as RDFa and Microdata) aim at bridging this semantic gap. However, in order for humans to truly benefit from this integration, we need ways to author, visualize and explore unstructured and semantically enriched content in an integrated manner. In this paper, we present the WYSIWYM (What You See is What You Mean) concept, which addresses this issue and formalizes the binding between semantic representation models and UI elements for authoring, visualizing and exploration. With RDFaCE, Pharmer and conTEXTwe present and evaluate three complementary showcases implementing the WYSIWYM concept for different application domains.
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Review #1
By Haofen Wang submitted on 30/Apr/2014
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The author has revised what he can so I decide to accept this paper.

Review #2
By Heiko Hornung submitted on 08/May/2014
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With respect to previous versions of this manuscript, almost all my comments are answered. The additional use case contributes to the paper. My only remark is regarding your claim that "[conTEXT] enables ordinary users to use sophisticated NLP techniques [...]" (p. 14). You try to provide validation to this claim by conducting a usability evaluation with PhD, MSc and BSc students. Unless "ordinary users" of conTEXT are only users with or aspiring a university degree, it is not clear if/how a successful usability evaluation among representatives of this population would prove your claim. (The conTEXT examples of BBC news or Gates/Obama tweets hint at a much larger target audience).