Privacy-Preserving Schema Reuse

Publication Date: 
Thursday, 24 April, 2014
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Nguyen Quoc Viet Hung, Do Son Thanh, Nguyen Thanh Tam, Karl Aberer (EPFL)

As the number of schema repositories grows rapidly and several web based platforms exist to support publishing schemas, schema reuse becomes a new trend. Schema reuse is a methodology that allows users to create new schemas by copying and adapting existing ones. This methodology supports to reduce not only the eort of designing new schemas but also the heterogeneity between them. One of the biggest barriers of schema reuse is about privacy concerns that discourage schema owners from contributing their schemas. Addressing this problem, we develop a framework that enables privacy-preserving schema reuse. Our framework supports the contributors to define their own protection policies in the form of privacy constraints. Instead of showing original schemas, the framework returns an anonymized schema with maximal utility while satisfying

these privacy constraints. To validate our approach, we empirically show the eciency of dierent heuristics, the correctness of the proposed utility function, the computation time, as well as the trade-o between utility and privacy.

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