User-driven Quality Evaluation of DBpedia

Amrapali Zaveri, Dimitris Kontokostas, Mohamed Ahmed Sherif, Lorenz Bühmann, Mohamed Morsey, Sören Auer, Jens Lehmann

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Linked Open Data (LOD) comprises of an unprecedented volume of structured datasets on the Web. However, these datasets are of varying quality ranging from extensively curated datasets to crowdsourced and even extracted data of relatively low quality. We present a methodology for assessing the quality of linked data resources, which comprises of a manual and a semi-automatic process. The first phase includes the detection of common quality problems and their representation in a quality problem taxonomy. In the manual process, the second phase comprises of the evaluation of a large number of individual resources, according to the quality problem taxonomy via crowdsourcing. This process is accompanied by a tool wherein a user assesses an individual resource and evaluates each fact for correctness. The semi-automatic process involves the generation and verification of schema axioms. We report the results obtained by applying this methodology to DBpedia. We identified 17 data quality problem types and 58 users assessed a total of 521 resources. Overall, 11.93% of the evaluated DBpedia triples were identified to have some quality issues. Applying the semi-automatic component yielded a total of 222,982 triples that have a high probability to be incorrect. In particular, we found that problems such as object values being incorrectly extracted, irrelevant extraction of information and broken links were the most recurring quality problems. With this study, we not only aim to assess the quality of this sample of DBpedia resources but also adopt an agile methodology to improve the quality in future versions by regularly providing feedback to the DBpedia maintainers.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of 9th International Conference on Semantic Systems, I-SEMANTICS '13, Graz, Austria, September 4-6, 2013
PublisherThe Association for Computing Machinery
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)978-1-4503-1972-0
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes


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