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A survey and classification of semantic search approaches


The Semantic Web provides a number of technologies to improve human and computer collaboration on the internet (Berners-Lee et al., 2001). One important issue centres on the management of documents and, particularly, the semantically supported document retrieval called semantic search. Recently, a number of semantic search approaches have been published. Their application area and their realisation are diverse. However, they are based on a common set of ideas. With this survey, we identify and interrelate these ideas. We introduce a categorisation scheme to compare semantic search approaches and, thereby, establish a common vocabulary. We present ten selected approaches and compare them by means of our categorisation scheme.

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