Paper 32 (Research track)

An Easy & Collaborative RDF Data Entry Method using the Spreadsheet Metaphor

Author(s): Markus Schröder, Christian Jilek, Jörn Hees, Sven Hertling, Andreas Dengel

Abstract: Spreadsheets are widely used by knowledge workers, especially
in the industrial sector. Their methodology enables a well understood,
easy and fast possibility to enter data. As filling out a spreadsheet
is more accessible to common knowledge workers than defining RDF
statements, in this paper, we propose an easy-to-use, zero-configuration,
web-based spreadsheet editor that simultaneously transfers spreadsheet
entries into RDF statements. It enables various kinds of users to easily
create semantic data whether they are RDF experts or novices. The
typical scenario we address focuses on creating instance data starting
with an empty knowledge base that is filled incrementally. In a user study,
participants were able to create more statements in shorter time, having
similar or even significantly outperforming quality, compared to other

Keywords: spreadsheet; RDF data entry; filling knowledge base

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