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When owl:sameAs isn’t the Same Redux: Towards a Theory of Identity, Context, and Inference on the Semantic Web

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationModeling and Using Context
Subtitle of host publication9th International and Interdisciplinary Conference, CONTEXT 2015, Lanarca, Cyprus, November 2-6,2015. Proceedings
EditorsHenning Christiansen, Isidora Stojanovic, George A Papadopoulos
Place of PublicationLanarca, Cyprus
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-25591-0
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-25590-3
Publication statusPublished - 15 Dec 2015
Event9th International and Interdisciplinary Conference on Modeling and Using Context (CONTEXT 2015) - Lordos Beach Hotel, Lanarca, Cyprus
Duration: 2 Nov 20156 Nov 2015

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference9th International and Interdisciplinary Conference on Modeling and Using Context (CONTEXT 2015)


The Web changes knowledge representation in a number of surprising ways, and decentralized knowledge representation systems such as the Semantic Web will require a theory of identity for the Web beyond current use of sameAs links between various data-sets, including the fact that entities can not be linked across semantic roles. We empirically analyze the behavior of identity and inference on the Semantic Web currently in order to analyze the size of the problem. Lastly, some of the problem due to identity statements operating over different domains of discourse, and propose a modest extension to RDF (RDFC, or RDF with Contexts) that can formally distinguish different contexts in RDF, including contexts for identity statements.

    Research areas

  • Semantic Web, Identity, Context, Pollarding

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