Describing Customizable Products on the Web of Data

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Provided by: RWTH Aachen University
Topic: Data Management
Format: PDF
Exposing data about customizable products is a challenging issue, because of the number of features and options customers can choose from, and of the intricate constraints between them. However, the configuration process, by which the customer makes their choice, one step at a time, is a graph traversal among partially defined products; that is linked data browsing. This natural yet fruitful abstraction for product customization hides complexity from the client agent, and allows corporations to publish descriptions of their ranges of products, in their own terms.
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