This Article 
   
 Share 
   
 Bibliographic References 
   
 Add to: 
 
Digg
Furl
Spurl
Blink
Simpy
Google
Del.icio.us
Y!MyWeb
 
 Search 
   
db4OWL: An Alternative Approach to Organizing and Storing Semantic Data
November/December 2009 (vol. 13 no. 6)
pp. 48-55
Alexandros Batzios, Philips Applied Technologies
Pericles A. Mitkas, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
The complex structure of semantic data still poses a challenge in storing, querying, and organizing Web information. Although researchers have proposed various semantic database system approaches over the years, it seems that most systems have tried to provide industrial-strength scalability too soon. Consequently, most semantic databases still rely on the relational model of storing data and still use SQL-like query languages for data retrieval. The db4OWL semantic database prototype addresses many of the shortcomings of current systems and features native OWL-querying as well as the ability to store and query multiple ontologies concurrently.

1. T. Berners-Lee, J. Hendler, and O. Lassila, "The Semantic Web," Scientific Am., vol. 284, no. 5, 2001, pp. 28–37.
2. T. Berners-Lee, "Weaving the Semantic Web," Digital Divide Network (DDN), Oct. 2004; www.digitaldivide.net.
3. S. Harris and N. Gibbins, "3store: Efficient Bulk RDF Storage," Proc. 1st Int'l Workshop Practical and Scalable Semantic Systems (PSSS 03), 2003, pp. 1–15; http://ftp1.de.freebsd.org/Publications/CEUR-WS/Vol-89/.
4. S. Bechhofer, I. Horrocks, and D. Turi, "The OWL Instance Store: System Description," Proc. 20th Int'l Conf. Automated Deduction (CADE 05), LNCS 3632, Springer-Verlag, 2005, pp. 177–181.
5. K. Wilkinson et al., "Efficient RDF Storage and Retrieval in Jena2," Proc. VLDB Workshop on Semantic Web and Databases, 2003, pp. 131–150; www.cs.uic.edu/~ifc/SWDB/papers/Wilkinson_etal.pdf.
6. T. Adams, P. Gearon, and D. Wood, "Kowari: A Platform for Semantic Web Storage and Analysis," Proc. 14th Int'l WWW Conf., ACM Press, 2005; www.itee.uq.edu.au/~dwood/docs/www2005-kowari.pdf.
7. P. Ford, A First Look at the Kowari Triple Store, O'Reilly, 2004; www.xml.com/pub/a/2004/06/23/kowari.html.
8. J. Broekstra, A. Kampman, and F. van Harmelen, "Sesame: A Generic Architecture for Storing and Querying RDF and RDF Schema," Proc. 1st Int'l Semantic Web Conf., LNCS 2342, Springer-Verlag, 2002, pp. 54–68.
9. D.J. Abadi et al., "Scalable Semantic Web Data Management Using Vertical Partitioning," Proc. 33rd Int'l Conf. Very Large Databases, 2007, pp. 411–422; http://cs-www.cs.yale.edu/homes/dna/abadirdf.pdf.

Index Terms:
semantic storage, semantic database, RDF, OWL database, OWL querying
Citation:
Alexandros Batzios, Pericles A. Mitkas, "db4OWL: An Alternative Approach to Organizing and Storing Semantic Data," IEEE Internet Computing, vol. 13, no. 6, pp. 48-55, Nov.-Dec. 2009, doi:10.1109/MIC.2009.126
Usage of this product signifies your acceptance of the Terms of Use.