Publications in Scientific Journals:

G. Gottlob, N. Konstantinou, E. Sallinger et al.:
"VADA: an architecture for end user informed data preparation";
Journal of Big Data, 6 (2019), 6; 1 - 32.

English abstract:
Background: Data scientists spend considerable amounts of time preparing data for analysis. Data preparation is labour intensive because the data scientist typically takes fine grained control over each aspect of each step in the process, motivating the development
of techniques that seek to reduce this burden.
Results: This paper presents an architecture in which the data scientist need only describe the intended outcome of the data preparation process, leaving the software to determine how best to bring about the outcome. Key wrangling decisions on matching, mapping generation, mapping selection, format transformation and data repair are taken by the system, and the user need only provide: (i) the schema of the data target; (ii) partial representative instance data aligned with the target; (iii) criteria to be prioritised when populating the target; and (iv) feedback on candidate results. To
support this, the proposed architecture dynamically orchestrates a collection of loosely coupled wrangling components, in which the orchestration is declaratively specified and includes self-tuning of component parameters.
Conclusion: This paper describes a data preparation architecture that has been designed to reduce the cost of data preparation through the provision of a central role for automation. An empirical evaluation with deep web and open government data investigates the quality and suitability of the wrangling result, the cost-effectiveness of
the approach the impact of self-tuning, and scalability with respect to the numbers of sources.

Data preparation, Data quality, Data integration

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