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Methods and Applications of Informatics and Information Technology

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Volume 56, Issue 6


Theory for processing data on the Web

Wim Martens
Published Online: 2014-11-30 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/itit-2014-1057


The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) develops a wide range of standards for data processing on the Web. Prominent examples are RDF, SPARQL, XML, XPath, XQuery, and XSLT. Since these standards are widely used, they bring many interesting challenges for researchers. During the development of these standards, the W3C often works under a rather tight time schedule and does not always have all the cards on the table when design decisions need to be made. This is a situation in which research and practice can greatly benefit from each other. The W3C continuously releases drafts of the standards which researchers can investigate. Researchers can inform the W3C of their results and, conversely, the W3C can give the opportunity to immediately incorporate research results into practice.

Keywords: Theory; algorithms; complexity; World Wide Web; standardization

ACM CCS: Theory of Computation and Information systems →World Wide Web →Web data description languages; Information systems →Data management systems →Query languages

About the article

Wim Martens

Wim Martens is a professor at the University of Bayreuth, where he is heading the group on theoretical computer science. His research interests are mainly in algorithms, automata, complexity, databases, logic, and standards for data processing on the Web (alphabetically ordered). His work was awarded with the FWO-IBM Dissertation Award for Computer Science, a fellowship of the Junge Kolleg der Nordrhein-Westfälische Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Künste, and he received an Emmy-Noether fellowship from the Deutsche Forschungsgesellschaft. Wim serves as a junior fellow of the Gesellschaft für Informatik since september 2013.

Angewandte Informatik VII, Universität Bayreuth, 95440 Bayreuth, Germany

Accepted: 2014-09-29

Received: 2014-05-31

Published Online: 2014-11-30

Published in Print: 2014-12-28

Citation Information: it - Information Technology, Volume 56, Issue 6, Pages 310–312, ISSN (Online) 2196-7032, ISSN (Print) 1611-2776, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/itit-2014-1057.

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