An integrated approach to deliver OLAP for multidimensional Semantic Web Databases

  • Adriana P. Matei

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


    Semantic Webs (SW) and web data have become increasingly important sources to support Business Intelligence (BI), but they are difficult to manage due to the exponential increase in their volumes, inconsistency in semantics and complexity in representations. On-Line Analytical Processing (OLAP) is an important tool in analysing large and complex BI data, but it lacks the capability of processing disperse SW data due to the nature of its design. A new concept with a richer vocabulary than the existing ones for OLAP is needed to model distributed multidimensional semantic web databases.

    A new OLAP framework is developed, with multiple layers including additional vocabulary, extended OLAP operators, and usage of SPARQL to model heterogeneous semantic web data, unify multidimensional structures, and provide new enabling functions for interoperability. The framework is presented with examples to demonstrate its capability to unify existing vocabularies with additional vocabulary elements to handle both informational and topological data in Graph OLAP. The vocabularies used in this work are: the RDF Cube Vocabulary (QB) – proposed by the W3C to allow multi-dimensional, mostly statistical, data to be published in RDF; and the QB4OLAP – a QB extension introducing standard OLAP operators. The framework enables the composition of multiple databases (e.g. energy consumptions and property market values etc.) to generate observations through semantic pipe-like operators.

    This approach is demonstrated through Use Cases containing highly valuable data collected from a real-life environment. Its usability is proved through the development and usage of semantic pipe-like operators able to deliver OLAP specific functionalities.

    To the best of my knowledge there is no available data modelling approach handling both informational and topological Semantic Web data, which is designed either to provide OLAP capabilities over Semantic Web databases or to provide a means to connect such databases for further OLAP analysis.

    The thesis proposes that the presented work provides a wider understanding of: ways to access Semantic Web data; ways to build specialised Semantic Web databases, and, how to enrich them with powerful capabilities for further Business Intelligence.
    Date of Award2015
    Original languageEnglish
    Awarding Institution
    • Coventry University
    SupervisorKuo-Ming Chao (Supervisor), Nick Godwin (Supervisor) & Nazaraf Shah (Supervisor)

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