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Web-annotations for humans and machines


Fuchs, N E; Schwitter, R (2007). Web-annotations for humans and machines. In: 4th European Semantic Web Conference (ESWC 2007), Innsbruck, Austria, 3 June 2007 - 7 June 2007, 458-472 .

Abstract

We propose to manually annotate web pages with computer-processable controlled natural language. These annotations have well-defined
formal properties and can be used as query relevant summaries to automatically
answer questions expressed in controlled natural language, and as the basis for
other forms of automated reasoning. Last, but not least, the annotations can also
serve as human-readable summaries of the contents of the web pages. Arguably, annotations written in controlled natural language can bridge the gap between informal and formal notations and leverage true collaboration between
humans and machines. This is a position paper that proposes a solution combining existing methods and techniques to achieve a highly relevant practical goal,
namely how to effectively access information on the web. However, our solution introduces a "chicken and egg" problem: a critical mass of web annotations
will be necessary that people perceive the value of these annotations and start
annotating web pages themselves. Only the future will show whether this – basically non-technical – problem can be solved.

We propose to manually annotate web pages with computer-processable controlled natural language. These annotations have well-defined
formal properties and can be used as query relevant summaries to automatically
answer questions expressed in controlled natural language, and as the basis for
other forms of automated reasoning. Last, but not least, the annotations can also
serve as human-readable summaries of the contents of the web pages. Arguably, annotations written in controlled natural language can bridge the gap between informal and formal notations and leverage true collaboration between
humans and machines. This is a position paper that proposes a solution combining existing methods and techniques to achieve a highly relevant practical goal,
namely how to effectively access information on the web. However, our solution introduces a "chicken and egg" problem: a critical mass of web annotations
will be necessary that people perceive the value of these annotations and start
annotating web pages themselves. Only the future will show whether this – basically non-technical – problem can be solved.

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Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper), refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Informatics
Dewey Decimal Classification:000 Computer science, knowledge & systems
Language:English
Event End Date:7 June 2007
Deposited On:25 Mar 2010 10:51
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 14:04
ISBN:978-3-540-72666-1
Publisher DOI:10.1007/978-3-540-72667-8_33
Permanent URL: http://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-33119

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