By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Information Technology Newsweekly -- Investigators publish new report on Database Management. According to news reporting originating from Oxford, United Kingdom, by VerticalNews correspondents, research stated, "Forms are our gates to the Web. They enable us to access the deep content of Web sites."
Our news editors obtained a quote from the research from the University of Oxford, "Automatic form understanding provides applications, ranging from crawlers over meta-search engines to service integrators, with a key to this content. Yet, it has received little attention other than as component in specific applications such as crawlers or meta-search engines. No comprehensive approach to form understanding exists, let alone one that produces rich models for semantic services or integration with linked open data. In this paper, we present opal, the first comprehensive approach to form understanding and integration. We identify form labeling and form interpretation as the two main tasks involved in form understanding. On both problems, opal advances the state of the art: For form labeling, it combines features from the text, structure, and visual rendering of a Web page. In extensive experiments on the ICQ and TEL-8 benchmarks and a set of 200 modern Web forms, opal outperforms previous approaches for form labeling by a significant margin. For form interpretation, opal uses a schema (or ontology) of forms in a given domain. Thanks to this domain schema, it is able to produce nearly perfect (97 % accuracy in the evaluation domains) form interpretations. Yet, the effort to produce a domain schema is very low, as we provide a datalog-based template language that eases the specification of such schemata and a methodology for deriving a domain schema largely automatically from an existing domain ontology."
According to the news editors, the research concluded: "We demonstrate the value of opal's form interpretations through a light-weight form integration system that successfully translates and distributes master queries to hundreds of forms with no error, yet is implemented with only a handful translation rules."
For more information on this research see: The ontological key: automatically understanding and integrating forms to access the deep Web. VLDB Journal, 2013;22(5):615-640. VLDB Journal can be contacted at: Springer, 233 Spring St, New York, NY 10013, USA. (Springer - www.springer.com; VLDB Journal - www.springerlink.com/content/1066-8888/)
The news editors report that additional information may be obtained by contacting T. Furche, University of Oxford, Dept. of Comp Sci, Oxford OX1 3QD, United Kingdom. Additional authors for this research include G. Gottlob, G. Grasso, X.N. Guo, G. Orsi and C. Schallhart.
Keywords for this news article include: Oxford, Europe, United Kingdom, Database Management
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