Beyond Data: Building a Web of Needs

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Provided by: RWTH Aachen University
Topic: Data Management
Format: PDF
The Web as related to commerce suffers from a fundamental asymmetry. While there is a great number of commercial offers available, consumer needs are rarely represented explicitly. Thus, the most widely applied process of connecting the prospective consumer of a resource with its supplier is Web search. In Web search, the user needs are implicit, driving the interaction, and therefore only the interaction partners can try to deduce them. The authors present an approach for publishing needs on the Web of data and building a protocol that allows decentralized matching of needs and communication between need owners.
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