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Automated information extraction from web APIs documentation

Ly, Papa Alioune; Pedrinaci, Carlos and Domingue, John (2012). Automated information extraction from web APIs documentation. In: The 13th International Conference on Web Information System Engineering (WISE 2012), 28-30 November 2012, Paphos, Cyprus, pp. 497–511.

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A fundamental characteristic of Web APIs is the fact that, de facto, providers hardly follow any standard practices while implementing, publishing, and documenting their APIs. As a consequence, the discovery and use of these services by third parties is significantly hampered. In order to achieve further automation while exploiting Web APIs we present an approach for automatically extracting relevant technical information from the Web pages documenting them. In particular we have devised two algorithms that automatically extract technical details such as operation names, operation descriptions or URI templates from the documentation of Web APIs adopting either RPC or RESTful interfaces. The algorithms devised, which exploit advanced DOM processing as well as state of the art Information Extraction and Natural Language Processing techniques, have been evaluated against a detailed dataset exhibiting a high precision and recall–around 90% for both REST and RPC APIs outperforming state of the art information extraction algorithms.

Item Type: Conference Item
Copyright Holders: Not known
Keywords: Web API; RESTful service; Web Page segmentation; information extraction; service discovery
Academic Unit/Department: Knowledge Media Institute
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Computing (CRC)
Item ID: 34934
Depositing User: Kay Dave
Date Deposited: 31 Oct 2012 11:56
Last Modified: 29 Oct 2013 16:00
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