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A Query Integrator and Manager for the Query Web

Brinkley, James F. and Detwiler, Landon T. (2012) A Query Integrator and Manager for the Query Web. Journal of Biomedical Informatics In Press.

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Abstract

We introduce two concepts: the Query Web as a layer of interconnected queries over the document web and the semantic web, and a Query Web Integrator and Manager (QI) that enables the Query Web to evolve. QI permits users to write, save and reuse queries over any web accessible source, including other queries saved in other installations of QI. The saved queries may be in any language (e.g. SPARQL, XQuery); the only condition for interconnection is that the queries return their results in some form of XML. This condition allows queries to chain off each other, and to be written in whatever language is appropriate for the task. We illustrate the potential use of QI for several biomedical use cases, including ontology view generation using a combination of graph-based and logical approaches, value set generation for clinical data management, image annotation using terminology obtained from an ontology web service, ontology-driven brain imaging data integration, small-scale clinical data integration, and wider-scale clinical data integration. Such use cases illustrate the current range of applications of QI and lead us to speculate about the potential evolution from smaller groups of interconnected queries into a larger query network that layers over the document and semantic web. The resulting Query Web could greatly aid researchers and others who now have to manually navigate through multiple information sources in order to answer specific questions.

Item Type:Journal (Paginated)
Keywords:Ontologies, data integration, semantic web, query web
Projects:Ontology Views
Subjects:SIG Publications
ID Code:257
Deposited By:Brinkley, Jim
Deposited On:05 April 2012
Alternative Locations:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jbi.2012.03.008