Services and Applications over Linked APIs and Data
Current developments on the Web have been marked by the increased popularity of Linked Data and Web APIs. However, these two technologies remain mostly disjunct in terms of developing solutions and applications in an integrated way. Therefore, we aim to explore the possibilities of facilitating a better integration of Web APIs and Linked Data, thus enabling the harvesting and provisioning of data through applications and services on the Web. In particular, we focus on investigating how resources exposed via Web APIs can be used together with Semantic Web data, as means for enabling a shared use and providing a basis for developing rich applications on top.
With this workshop, we aim to discover new ways to embrace the opportunities that Web APIs offer in terms of data consumption, processing and provisioning but also to investigate the possibilities of integrating them more closely with Linked Data. We want to challenge researchers towards developing integrated description and implementation approaches through both paper submissions and interactive on-site discussion and dialog. In particular, we are looking for description approaches, implementation solutions, use cases and applications that support a more automated and unified Web API use.
The main goal of this workshop is to explore the possibilities of enabling a more integrated and automated use of Web APIs, given the context of the growing importance of Linked Data and applications, benefiting from the available resources. Relevant topics include:
- frameworks, methods, models and formats for describing Web APIs
- identifying the essential building blocks for enabling integrated and linked use of Web APIs
- pinpointing challenges to move from individual Web APIs towards integrated solutions
- capturing added value through the use of Web APIs, Linked Data and development of client apps
- developing technologies for a sustainable, future-proof integrated Web API environment.
The above list is not exhaustive and we therefore actively encourage participants to be creative.
A final goal is to provide future initiatives with the devised ideas and visions to stimulate innovation in this research area.