Can the pragmatic web assist search engine optimisation?

Tiana Razafimbelo, Simon Polovina, Richard Hill

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Discovering information on the Web relies on the publishers of that information to describe it in a meaningful way, often at the syntactical level. Despite ongoing efforts to improve Web page description, search retrieval is more time consuming than it should be. Essentially this arises because search engines lack the capacity to identify the purpose of the search. The goal of this paper is to identify the extent to which this issue can be addressed and how the Pragmatic Web may assist in this endeavour. The paper uses Stamper's Semiotic Ladder to distinguish between those issues that are truly semantic, pragmatic or even social, versus those which are syntactic. This enables the core issues to be discovered, thereby distinguishing the areas that the Pragmatic Web community can focus upon.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 1st International Conference on the Pragmatic Web (PragWeb 2006)
EditorsMareike Schoop, Aldo de Moor, Jan L.G. Dietz
PublisherGesellschaft fur Informatik (GI)
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9783885791836
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes
Event1st International Conference on the Pragmatic Web - Stuttgart, Germany
Duration: 21 Sep 200623 Sep 2006
Conference number: 1

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Informatics (LNI), Proceedings - Series of the Gesellschaft fur Informatik (GI)
ISSN (Print)1617-5468


Conference1st International Conference on the Pragmatic Web
Abbreviated titlePragWeb 2006


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