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A Data-Intensive Lightweight Semantic Wrapper Approach to Aid Information Integration

A Data-Intensive Lightweight Semantic Wrapper Approach to Aid Information Integration
A Data-Intensive Lightweight Semantic Wrapper Approach to Aid Information Integration
We argue for the flexible use of lightweight ontologies to aid information integration. Our proposed approach is grounded on the availability and exploitation of existing data sources in a networked environment such as the world wide web (instance data as it is commonly known in the description logic and ontology community). We have devised a mechanism using Semantic Web technologies that wraps each existing data source with semantic information, and we refer to this technique as SWEDER (Semantic Wrapping of Existing Data Sources with Embedded Rules). This technique provides representational homogeneity and a firm basis for information integration amongst these semantically enabled data sources. This technique also directly supports information integration though the use of context ontologies to align two or more semantically wrapped data sources and capture the rules that define these integrations. We have tested this proposed approach using a simple implementation in the domain of organisational and communication data and we speculate on the future directions for this lightweight approach to semantic enablement and contextual alignment of existing network-available data sources.
information integration, semantic integration, ontologies, semantic web, rules, interoperability
Braines, Dave
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Kalfoglou, Yannis
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Smart, Paul R
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Shadbolt, Nigel
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Bao, Jie
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Braines, Dave
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Kalfoglou, Yannis
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Smart, Paul R
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Shadbolt, Nigel
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Braines, Dave, Kalfoglou, Yannis, Smart, Paul R, Shadbolt, Nigel and Bao, Jie (2008) A Data-Intensive Lightweight Semantic Wrapper Approach to Aid Information Integration. 4th International Workshop on Contexts and Ontologies (C&O 2008), Greece. 21 - 22 Jul 2008. (Submitted)

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Abstract

We argue for the flexible use of lightweight ontologies to aid information integration. Our proposed approach is grounded on the availability and exploitation of existing data sources in a networked environment such as the world wide web (instance data as it is commonly known in the description logic and ontology community). We have devised a mechanism using Semantic Web technologies that wraps each existing data source with semantic information, and we refer to this technique as SWEDER (Semantic Wrapping of Existing Data Sources with Embedded Rules). This technique provides representational homogeneity and a firm basis for information integration amongst these semantically enabled data sources. This technique also directly supports information integration though the use of context ontologies to align two or more semantically wrapped data sources and capture the rules that define these integrations. We have tested this proposed approach using a simple implementation in the domain of organisational and communication data and we speculate on the future directions for this lightweight approach to semantic enablement and contextual alignment of existing network-available data sources.

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Submitted date: 21 July 2008
Additional Information: Event Dates: 21st-22nd July 2008
Venue - Dates: 4th International Workshop on Contexts and Ontologies (C&O 2008), Greece, 2008-07-21 - 2008-07-22
Keywords: information integration, semantic integration, ontologies, semantic web, rules, interoperability
Organisations: Web & Internet Science

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Local EPrints ID: 265746
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/265746
PURE UUID: 92138174-26cd-433e-bd27-c51966d7c904
ORCID for Paul R Smart: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-9989-5307

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Date deposited: 10 Jul 2008 18:37
Last modified: 06 Jun 2018 12:46

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