Ontologizing EDI Semantics

  • Doug Foxvog
  • Christoph Bussler
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4231)


Electronic Data Interchange systems are used to transmit business messages in a compact form, with the meaning of message components positionally determined. We propose translating EDI messages into “semantic” forms in which the statements encoded in the compact forms are explicitly expressed, allowing reasoning based on such messages by any program using the semantic language, allowing their generation and use by Semantic Web services through the use of mediators. We present a system for semantically encoding EDI messages through the use of semantic templates.


Ontology EDI semantic encoding semantic mediator semantic template WSML Semantic Web Services 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Doug Foxvog
    • 1
  • Christoph Bussler
    • 2
  1. 1.Digital Enterprise Research InstituteGalwayIreland
  2. 2.Cisco Systems, Inc.San JoseUSA

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