The combination of a rich repository of structured data on the Web coupled with new tools for information management and visualization are enabling structured data to have a profound impact on many aspects of our lives.
The success of this trend depends on solving several longstanding data-management problems. We must continue developing tools that enable a broader set of users to manage data and create compelling visualizations. We need methods for identifying high-quality data from the Web and other corpora. And we should be able to recover these datasets’ semantics well enough for them to be displayed for user queries and combined with other datasets.
At the 2013 IEEE 29th International Conference on Data Engineering (ICDE 2013), scientists from Google Research USA presented a paper discussing Google Fusion Tables, a cloud-based service that aims to support an ecosystem of structured data on the Web by providing a tool for managing and visualizing data on the one hand, and for searching and exploring for data on the other.
“Recent Progress towards an Ecosystem of Structured Data on the Web” and other papers from ICDE 2013 are available to both IEEE Computer Society members and paid subscribers via the Computer Society Digital Library.