A Bottom-Up Approach for Licences Classification and Selection

Daga, Enrico; d'Aquin, Mathieu; Motta, Enrico and Gangemi, Aldo (2015). A Bottom-Up Approach for Licences Classification and Selection. In: 2015 Workshop on Legal Domain And Semantic Web Applications (LeDA-SWAn 2015), 1 Jun 2015, Portoroz, Slovenia.

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Licences are a crucial aspect of the information publishing process in the web of (linked) data. Recent work on modeling of policies with semantic web languages (RDF, ODRL) gives the opportunity to formally describe licences and reason upon them. However, choosing the right licence is still challenging. Particularly, understanding the number of features - permissions, prohibitions and obligations - constitute a steep learning process for the data provider, who has to check them individ- ually and compare the licences in order to pick the one that better fits her needs. The objective of the work presented in this paper is to reduce the effort required for licence selection. We argue that an ontology of licences, organized by their relevant features, can help providing support to the user. Developing an ontology with a bottom-up approach based on Formal Concept Analysis, we show how the process of licence selection can be simplified significantly and reduced to answering an average of three/five key questions.

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