The Future of the Semantic Web: Prototypes on a Global Distributed Filesystem

Michael Cochez, Dominik Huser, Stefan Decker

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Abstract

An important part of the Semantic Web vision is the idea that data is shared seamlessly and that world wide distributed, accessible, and interlinked knowledge bases can be created. However, the current incarnation of the Semantic Web falls short of this vision: while some necessary infrastructure (e.g., Linked Data) has been put in place, the current use of Linked Data in the Semantic Web is still happening in data silos, and sharing and reusing of knowledge is cumbersome and not straightforward. Recently the idea of prototypical objects was proposed to remedy this situation. This concept, known as Prototypes originates from early Frame systems and is also adopted in programming languages such as Javascript. In this vision paper we describe how a distributed file system forms a natural habitat for prototype knowledge representation, advancing the Semantic Web. In particular, we describe how we envision the deployment of Linked Data and Prototype Knowledge bases atop of the InterPlanetary File System (IPFS), which has several useful features matching the needs for knowledge representation based on prototypes.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - IEEE 37th International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems, ICDCS 2017
EditorsKisung Lee, Ling Liu
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages1997-2006
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781538617915
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 13 Jul 2017
Externally publishedYes
Event37th IEEE International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems, ICDCS 2017 - Atlanta, United States
Duration: 5 Jun 20178 Jun 2017

Publication series

NameProceedings - International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems

Conference

Conference37th IEEE International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems, ICDCS 2017
CountryUnited States
CityAtlanta
Period5/06/178/06/17

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