Building Structured Web Databases: a Midterm Report from the Cimple Project

AnHai Doan
University of Wisconsin-Madison

In this talk I will describe the current progress of Cimple, a project at the University of Wisconsin. Cimple seeks to build a software platform that lets developers quickly and accurately build structured Web databases in a broad range of domains, using extraction, integration, and mass collaboration techniques. I will illustrate Cimple using a couple of applications that we are building. Next, I describe the key challenges underlying Cimple, focusing in particular on mass collaboration, i.e., incorporating Web 2.0-style user feedback. Finally, I discuss how Cimple can be used in a variety of ways to restructure contents on the World Wide Web.

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