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The tourism industry is a good candidate for taking up Semantic Web technology. We studied the brokering and matchmaking problem in the tourism domain: that is, how a requester’s requirements and preferences can be matched against a set of offerings collected by a broker. The proposed solution uses the Semantic Web standard of Resource Description Framework (RDF) to represent the offerings, and a deductive logical language for expressing the requirements and preferences. We motivate and explain the approach we propose, and report on a prototypical implementation exhibiting the described functionality in a multiagent environment.

Keywords: Brokering; Ontologies; RDF Schema; Rules

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3727/109830505774297274

Affiliations: 1: *Institute of Computer Science, FORTH, Greece 2: †Department of Computer Science, University of Crete, Greece 3: ‡Department of Informatics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

Publication date: January 1, 2005

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