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URI Identity Management for Semantic Web Data Integration and Linkage

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Executive Summary

With the increase in the usage of the formats such as OWL and RDF for knowledge representation, the semantic web system acts as a great application for managing, manipulating and displaying data in new ways. It carries out the development and usage of a huge amount of information and RDF data. These developments encouraged the need for creating and publishing interlinked RDF, in a heavy quantity. To solve this purpose many initiatives have been taken by the Semantic Web Community in the form of Linking Open Data and ReSIST project. The increase in the amount of such data results in the creation of multiple URIs for resources like places, people or any abstract things. The issue of co-reference originates when various data providers start coining on separate URIs for a single resource. Hence, to manage different URI identities in the Semantic system requires a great amount of effort and a management solution. This paper defines the concept of co-referencing and its relevance to not only the Semantic Web but also other disciplines. It also focuses on how the 'Consistent Reference Service' is used to perform the URI Identity Management and how has it been put to use in the Semantic Web system. It describes the process in which millions of RDF data can be handled in a highly convenient and user-friendly way.

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