Magpie: towards a semantic web browser

Dzbor, Martin; Domingue, John and Motta, Enrico (2003). Magpie: towards a semantic web browser. In: 2nd International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC2003), 20-23 Oct 2003, Sanibel Island, Florida USA.


Web browsing involves two tasks: finding the right web page and then making sense of its content. So far, research has focused on supporting the task of finding web resources through ‘standard’ information retrieval mechanisms, or semantics-enhanced search. Much less attention has been paid to the second problem. In this paper we describe Magpie, a tool which supports the
interpretation of web pages. Magpie offers complementary knowledge sources, which a reader can call upon to quickly gain access to any background knowledge relevant to a web resource. Magpie automatically associates an ontologybased
semantic layer to web resources, allowing relevant services to be invoked within a standard web browser. Hence, Magpie may be seen as a step towards a semantic web browser. The functionality of Magpie is illustrated using examples of how it has been integrated with our lab’s web resources.

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