WYSIWYQ --- What You See Is What You Query

Ali Khalili, Albert Meroño-Peñuela

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Existing Linked Data browsing user interfaces (UIs) allow
users who are not familiar with Semantic Web technologies to explore in-
terlinked datasets by generating SPARQL queries behind the scenes. This
is analogous to the well-known WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You
Get) paradigm, which generates the required markup in the background
based on the user interactions. Nonetheless, and contrarily to the WYSI-
WYG approach where users are enabled to switch between the source
code and the UI, there is no alternative in Linked Data browsing UIs to
generate the browsing UI based on a given SPARQL query. In this paper
we propose WYSIWYQ (What You See Is What You Query), a novel
approach that allows people to interactively visualize a given SPARQL
query as a browsing UI, which can be further enriched or re-purposed by
users. WYSIWYQ aims to provide a two-way binding between SPARQL
queries and RDF-based faceted browsing environments. We showcase
WYSIWYQ with a proof-of-concept prototype implemented on top of
the Linked Data Reactor framework and grlc APIs for SPARQL queries.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationVOILA 2017. Visualization and Interaction for Ontologies and Linked Data
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the Third International Workshop on Visualization and Interaction for Ontologies and Linked Data co-located with the 16th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC 2017) Vienna, Austria, October 22, 2017
EditorsValentina Ivanova, Patrick Lambrix, Steffen Lohmann, Cati Pesquita
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2017


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