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C. Gutierrez, C. A. Hurtado, and A. Vaisman. RDFS Update: From Theory to Practice. In G. Antoniou et al., editors, Proceedings of the 8th Extended Semantic Web Conference, ESWC 2011, Part II, volume 6644 of Lecture Notes in Computer Science, pages 93-107. Springer-Verlag, Heraklion, Crete, Greece, MayJune 2011.

Abstract

There is a comprehensive body of theory studying updates and schema evolution of knowledge bases, ontologies, and in particular of RDFS. In this paper we turn these ideas into practice by presenting a feasible and practical procedure for updating RDFS. Along the lines of ontology evolution, we treat schema and instance updates separately, showing that RDFS instance updates are not only feasible, but also deterministic. For RDFS schema update, known to be intractable in the general abstract case, we show that it becomes feasible in real world datasets. We present for both, instance and schema update, simple and feasible algorithms.


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