188/4 E-Commerce Group
Institute of Software Technology and Interactive Systems
Vienna University of Technology
Favoritenstrasse 9-11/188, A-1040 Vienna, Austria

New Master Thesis topic offered by Hannes Werthner

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Electronic Data Interchange based on standardized business documents has been available for decades. For specifying the syntax and partially the semantics of electronic business documents different transfer syntaxes are available, such as EDIFACT or XML-based standards. Nevertheless, further research is required for enabling seamless interoperability, automated information exchange as well as automated information processing. Recently an approach summarized under the umbrella of schema.org has been defined. The idea of schema.org is to provide standardized semantic annotations which allow augmenting structured business documents with additional semantic information. The annotations are used by major search engine provides such as Google, Yahoo!, Bing and others. The task of this masters thesis is to investigate the underlying concepts of schema.org as well as to create an prototypical implementation for demonstrating the cutting-edge capabilities of schema.org.
Co-supervisor: Dr. Christian Pichler.