Institutionalising Ontology-Based Semantic Integration

Schorlemmer, Marco and Kalfoglou, Yannis (2008) Institutionalising Ontology-Based Semantic Integration. Applied Ontology, 3, (3), 131-150.


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We address what is still a scarcity of general mathematical foundations for ontology-based semantic integration underlying current knowledge engineering methodologies in decentralised and distributed environments. After recalling the first-order ontology-based approach to semantic integration and a formalisation of ontological commitment, we propose a general theory that uses a syntax-and interpretation-independent formulation of language, ontology, and ontological commitment in terms of institutions. We claim that our formalisation generalises the intuitive notion of ontology-based semantic integration while retaining its basic insight, and we apply it for eliciting and hence comparing various increasingly complex notions of semantic integration and ontological commitment based on differing understandings of semantics.

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Divisions : Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering > Electronics and Computer Science
ePrint ID: 268563
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Date Deposited: 26 Feb 2010 20:23
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 20:15
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