A Framework for Ontology Integration

Diego Calvanese, Giuseppe De Giacomo, and Maurizio Lenzerini

Proc. of the 2001 Int. Semantic Web Working Symposium (SWWS 2001). 2001.

One of the basic problems in the development of techniques for the semantic web is the integration of ontologies. Indeed, the web is constituted by a variety of information sources, each expressed over a certain ontology, and in order to extract information from such sources, their semantic integration and reconciliation in terms of a global ontology is required. In this paper, we address the fundamental problem of how to specify the mapping between the global ontology and the local ontologies. We argue that for capturing such mapping in an appropriate way, the notion of query is a crucial one, since it is very likely that a concept in one ontology corresponds to a view (i.e., a query) over the other ontologies. As a result query processing in ontology integration systems is strongly related to view-based query answering in data integration.


@inproceedings{SWWS-2001,
   title = "A Framework for Ontology Integration",
   year = "2001",
   author = "Diego Calvanese and De Giacomo, Giuseppe and Maurizio
Lenzerini",
   booktitle = "Proc. of the 2001 Int. Semantic Web Working Symposium
(SWWS 2001)",
   pages = "303--316",
}
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