Reasoning against a semantic digital library framework based on grid technology
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Purpose - Aims to bridge the gap between grid computing and semantic exploitation of information commonly met in digital library infrastructures. Design/methodology/approach - This paper introduces a semantic digital library framework based on grid technology. It follows the OGSA specifications for the development of grid infrastructures capable of efficiently handling such information. It is a service-oriented approach based on common web technologies such as the web browser and web server. The design principles of the proposed framework take into account the emerging need to exploit the semantics of its underlying information through the employment of adequate open standard technologies such as RDF and OWL. Findings - Although semantic exploitation of large data sets used to be a difficult and resource-consuming activity usually taking place in specialized, highly equipped laboratories, this work demonstrates that emerging technologies like the grid and emerging standards like RDF/OWL are capable of bringing such research closer to the average workstation. Research limitations/implications - The lack of a working prototype based on the proposed framework limits the usefulness of the results deriving from this paper. Originality/value - This paper can serve as a starting point to researchers wishing to conduct research in the area of the semantic grid as applied to digital library infrastructures.
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