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DOI:   10.3217/jucs-024-11-1627


Community Detection Applied on Big Linked Data

Laura Po (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy)

Davide Malvezzi (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy)

Abstract: The Linked Open Data (LOD) Cloud has more than tripled its sources in just six years (from 295 sources in 2011 to 1163 datasets in 2017). The actual Web of Data contains more then 150 Billions of triples. We are assisting at a staggering growth in the production and consumption of LOD and the generation of increasingly large datasets. In this scenario, providing researchers, domain experts, but also businessmen and citizens with visual representations and intuitive interactions can significantly aid the exploration and understanding of the domains and knowledge represented by Linked Data.

Various tools and web applications have been developed to enable the navigation, and browsing of the Web of Data. However, these tools lack in producing high level representations for large datasets, and in supporting users in the exploration and querying of these big sources. Following this trend, we devised a new method and a tool called H-BOLD (High level visualizations on Big Open Linked Data). H-BOLD enables the exploratory search and multilevel analysis of Linked Open Data. It offers different levels of abstraction on Big Linked Data. Through the user interaction and the dynamic adaptation of the graph representing the dataset, it will be possible to perform an effective exploration of the dataset, starting from a set of few classes and adding new ones.

Performance and portability of H-BOLD have been evaluated on the SPARQL endpoint listed on SPARQL ENDPOINT STATUS. The effectiveness of H-BOLD as a visualization tool is described through a user study.

Keywords: aggregation techniques, big data, exploratory search, high level visualization, linked open data, scalability,, schema extraction, visual analytics

Categories: D.1.7, D.2.2, H.3.3, H.5.2, L.1.3, L.1.4, L.3, M.4, M.7