Linked Data On the Web Workshop (LDOW 2013, WWW 2013, Rio de Janeiro)
Exposing data about customizable products is a challenging issue, because of the number of features and options customers can choose from, and of the intricate constraints between them. However, the configuration process, by which the customer makes her choice, one step at a time, is a graph traversal among partially defined products; that is Linked Data browsing. This natural yet fruitful abstraction for product customization hides complexity from the client agent,
and allows corporations to publish descriptions of their ranges of products, in their own terms. To open these ranges to comparison, corporate vocabularies have to be linked to known entities in the LOD cloud; the creation of sharable thesauri is discussed.