Exploiting semantic aspects to evolve a text-based search on a legacy document management system


Semantic technologies provide the means to create a more efficient human-computer interaction. In this paper we showcase how to use semantic technologies in the design of a Document Management System (DMS) to re-engineer a legacy DMS using a text-based search. Due to the historical growth of the database, a text-based search without using domain knowledge delivers bloated result-sets that prevent an efficient use of the DMS. The requirement of an intel- ligent search can be suitably addressed by using semantic technologies, thus we propose such a new design of a DMS. We employ concepts used in ontologies to provide search results based on hierarchies that are based on concepts of natural language. We construct a metamodel for the appli- cation domain to deliver fitting suggestions along with the search results. Finally, we realise a prototype as a proof- of-concept based on the introduced design to highlight the evident advantages of a semantic approach.

Talk: 23rd International Conference on Software Engineering and Knowledge Engineering (SEKE 2011), Eden Roc Renaissance Hotel Miami Beach, USA; 07-07-2011 - 07-09-2011; in: “Proceedings of the Twenty-Third International Conference on Software Engineering & Knowledge Engineering”, Knowledge Systems Institute Graduate School, Skokie, IL 60076, USA (2011), ISBN: 1891706292; 392 - 397
Thomas Grechenig
Thomas Grechenig
Ao.Univ.Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.