Making More Wikipedians: Facilitating Semantics Reuse for Wikipedia Authoring

author: Linyun Fu, Shanghai Jiao Tong University
published: Jan. 31, 2008,   recorded: November 2007,   views: 69
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Wikipedia, a killer application in Web 2.0, has embraced the power of collaborative editing to harness collective intelligence. It can also serve as an ideal Semantic Web data source due to its abundance, influence, high quality and well-structuring. However, the heavy burden of up-building and maintain-ing such an enormous and ever-growing online encyclopedic knowledge base still rests on a very small group of people. Many casual users may still feel dif-ficulties in writing high quality Wikipedia articles. In this paper, we use RDF graphs to model the key elements in Wikipedia authoring, and propose an inte-grated solution to make Wikipedia authoring easier based on RDF graph match-ing, expecting making more Wikipedians. Our solution facilitates semantics reuse and provides users with: 1) a link suggestion module that suggests and au-to-completes internal links between Wikipedia articles for the user; 2) a catego-ry suggestion module that helps the user place her articles in correct categories. A prototype system is implemented and experimental results show significant improvements over existing solutions to link and category suggestion tasks. The proposed enhancements can be applied to attract more contributors and relieve the burden of professional editors, thus enhancing the current Wikipedia to make it an even better Semantic Web data source.

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