Towards semantic APIs for research data services

Fensel, Anna Towards semantic APIs for research data services. Mitteilungen der Vereinigung Österreichischer Bibliothekarinnen & Bibliothekare, 2017, vol. 70, n. 2, pp. 157-169. [Journal article (Paginated)]

1692-6732-1-PB.pdf - Published version

Download (1MB) | Preview

English abstract

Rapid development of Internet and Web technology is changing the state of the art in communication of knowledge, or results of research activities. Semantic technology as well as linked and open data in particular are becoming key enablers for successful and efficient progress in research. At first, I define the research data service (RDS) and discuss typical current and possible future usage scenarios involving RDSs. Furthermore, I discuss the state of the art in the areas of semantic service and data annotation and API construction, as well as infrastructural solutions applicable for RDS realization. Finally, innovative methods of online dissemination, promotion and efficient communication of research are discussed.

German abstract

Die schnelle Entwicklung der Internet- und Web-Technologie verändert den Stand der Technik in der Kommunikation von Wissen oder Forschungsergebnissen. Insbesondere werden semantische Technologien, verknüpfte und offene Daten zu entscheidenden Faktoren für einen erfolgreichen und effizienten Forschungsfortschritt. Zuerst definiere ich den Research Data Service (RDS) und diskutiere typische aktuelle und mögliche zukünftige Nutzungsszenarien mit RDS. Darüber hinaus bespreche ich den Stand der Technik in den Bereichen semantische Dienstleistung und Datenanmerkung und API-Konstruktion sowie infrastrukturelle Lösungen, die für die RDS-Realisierung anwendbar sind. Zum Schluss werden noch innovative Methoden der Online-Verbreitung, Förderung und effizienten Kommunikation der Forschung diskutiert.

Item type: Journal article (Paginated)
Keywords: Research Data Service (RDS); Research Data; RDS Metadata; Web API; Semantic Web Service; Semantic Technology; RDS Publication; Research Dissemination; Forschungsdatendienste (RDS); Forschungsdaten; RDS Metadaten; Web API; Semantic Web Service; Semantische Technologie; RDS Publikation; Verbreitung von Forschung
Subjects: I. Information treatment for information services > IE. Data and metadata structures.
I. Information treatment for information services > IL. Semantic web
I. Information treatment for information services > IM. Open data
Depositing user: Austrian E-LIS editors
Date deposited: 31 Oct 2017 22:30
Last modified: 31 Oct 2017 22:30


Cardoso, J., Lopes, R., & Poels, G. (2014). Service systems: concepts, modeling, and programming (pp. 1–91). Springer. DOI:

Davies, M., Carrez, F., Heinilä, J., Fensel, A., Narganes, M., & Carlos dos Santos Danado, J. (2011). m: Ciudad: enabling end-user mobile service creation. International Journal of Pervasive Computing and Communications, 7(4), pp. 384–414. DOI:

Ermilov, I., & Pellegrini, T. (2015, September). Data licensing on the cloud: empirical insights and implications for linked data. In Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Semantic Systems (pp. 153–156). ACM. DOI:

Fensel, A., Akbar, Z., Toma, I., & Fensel, D. (2016). Bringing Online Visibility to Hotels with and Multi-channel Communication. In Information and Communication Technologies in Tourism 2016 (pp. 3–16). Springer International Publishing. DOI:

Fensel, A., Toma, I., García, J. M., Stavrakantonakis, I., & Fensel, D. (2014). Enabling customers engagement and collaboration for small and medium-sized enterprises in ubiquitous multi-channel ecosystems. Computers in Industry, 65(5), pp. 891–904. DOI:

Fensel, D., Facca, F. M., Simperl, E., & Toma, I. (2011). Semantic web services. Springer Science & Business Media. DOI:

Fensel, D., & van Harmelen, F. (2007). Unifying Reasoning and Search to Web Scale. IEEE Internet Computing, 2(11), pp. 96–95. DOI:

Heath, T., & Bizer, C. (2011). Linked data: Evolving the web into a global data space. Synthesis lectures on the semantic web: theory and technology, 1(1), pp. 1–136. DOI:

Kärle, E., Fensel, A., Toma, I., & Fensel, D. (2016). Why Are There More Hotels in Tyrol than in Austria? Analyzing Usage in the Hotel Domain. In Information and Communication Technologies in Tourism 2016 (pp. 99–112). Springer International Publishing. DOI:

Klan, F., & König-Ries, B. (2014, June). A user-centered methodology for the evaluation of (semantic) web service discovery and selection. In Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Web Intelligence, Mining and Semantics (WIMS14). ACM. DOI:

Klee, C. (2013). Vokabulare für bibliographische Daten. (Open) Linked Data in Bibliotheken, S. 45–63. DOI:

Mouromtsev, D., & d’Aquin, M. (Eds.). (2016). Open Data for Education: Linked, Shared, and Reusable Data for Teaching and Learning (Vol. 9500). Springer. DOI:

Peroni, S., Dutton, A., Gray, T., Shotton, D. (2015). Setting our bibliographic references free: towards open citation data. Journal of Documentation, 71 (2): pp. 253–277. DOI:

Stavrakantonakis, I., Fensel, A., & Fensel, D. (2016, September). Linked Open Vocabulary ranking and terms discovery. In Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Semantic Systems (pp. 1–8). ACM. DOI:

Thanos, C. (2016). A Vision for Open Cyber-Scholarly Infrastructures. Publications, 4(2), 13. DOI:

Thanos, C., Klan, F., Kritikos, K., & Candela, L. (2016). White Paper on Research Data Service Discoverability. Publications, 5(1), 1. DOI:

Zaveri, A., Rula, A., Maurino, A., Pietrobon, R., Lehmann, J., & Auer, S. (2016). Quality assessment for linked data: A survey. Semantic Web, 7(1), pp. 63–93. DOI:

Zhdanova, A. V. (2008, May). Community-driven ontology evolution: Gene ontology case study. In International Conference on Business Information Systems (pp. 118-129). Springer Berlin Heidelberg. DOI:


Downloads per month over past year

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item