Towards Semantically Enhanced Peer-to-Peer File-Sharing

Alan Davoust, Babak Esfandiari

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We characterize publication and retrieval of documents in peer-to-peer file-sharing systems and contrast them with query answering in peer-to-peer database systems. We show that the simplicity of file-sharing systems avoids many problems faced by P2P database systems. We propose a simple and open meta-model for documents and meta-data, for the purpose of expressing arbitrary relations between documents, peers, and file-sharing communities. Such relations in effect define a semantic enhancement to P2P file-sharing systems and enable the distributed emergence of knowledge. We illustrate our study with the description of our system, which distributes queries only to relevant peers, and can translate queries across different meta-data schemas.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOn the Move to Meaningful Internet Systems
Subtitle of host publicationOTM 2008 Workshops: OTM Confederated International Workshops and Posters, ADI, AWeSoMe, COMBEK, EI2N, IWSSA, MONET, OnToContent + QSI, ORM, PerSys, RDDS, SEMELS, and SWWS 2008, Monterrey, Mexico, November 9-14, 2008. Proceedings
EditorsRobert Meersman, Zahir Tari, Pilar Herrero
Place of PublicationBerlin, Heidelberg
PublisherSpringer Berlin Heidelberg
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-540-88875-8
ISBN (Print)978-3-540-88874-1
Publication statusPublished - 2008

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS)
PublisherSpringer Berlin Heidelberg
ISSN (Print)0302-9743

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