Algebraic Signatures to Semantically Describe E-Commerce Data Sets for Integration

C. Adiele and S.A. Ehikioya (Canada)


Formal Specification, E-commerce, Ontology, and Data Integration.


Integrating data from disparate data sources has been a major problem in providing enterprise-wide information. Data integration involves identifying semantic relationships between a set of objects in one schema and a different set of objects in another schema. Despite recent advances in interoperability technologies, data integration remains a complex and largely manual process due mainly to the high degree of semantic heterogeneity among data sources. This paper presents a two-phase integration model designed to eliminate the costly user intervention in the integration process. We formally specify components of the integration system, in particular the common-term vocabulary to semantically describe contents of the data sources, and provide an algorithm that dynamically generates the integration result.

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