Alfredo Alba

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Prevailing wisdom assumes that there are well-defined, effective and efficient methods for accessing Deep Web content. Unfortunately, there are a host of technical and non-technical factors that may call this assumption into question. In this paper, we present the findings from work on a software system, which was commissioned by the British Broadcasting(More)
Blogs, discussion forums and social networking sites are an excellent source for people's opinions on a wide range of topics. We examine the application of voting theory to " Information Mashups " – the combining and summarizing of data from the multitude of often-conflicting sources. This paper presents an information mashup in the music domain: a Top 10(More)
In recent years, the number of patents filed by the business enterprises in the technology industry are growing rapidly, thus providing unprecedented opportunities for knowledge discovery in patent data. One important task in this regard is to employ data mining techniques to rank patents in terms of their potential to earn money through licensing.(More)
The IT industry is experiencing a disruptive trend for which the entire data center infrastructure is becoming software defined and programmable. IT resources are provisioned and optimized continuously according to a declarative and expressive specification of the workload requirements. The software defined environments facilitate agile IT deployment and(More)
The ever increasing amount of content on the Internet has fostered many efforts seeking to leverage this potentially yottascale information source. Service systems using advanced data and text analytics techniques have been developed to perform knowledge gathering and information discovery over Web data. Information gathered from free and public sources on(More)
There are a large number of websites serving valuable content that can be used by higher-level applications, Web Services, Mashups etc. Yet, due to various reasons (lack of computing resources, financial constraints etc.) they are unable to provide Web Service APIs to access their data. In their desire to incorporate the latest and greatest technologies, as(More)