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Three Semantics for Distributed Systems and Their Relations with Alignment Composition

  • Antoine Zimmermann
  • Jérôme Euzenat
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4273)

Abstract

An ontology alignment explicitly describes the relations holding between two ontologies. A system composed of ontologies and alignments interconnecting them is herein called a distributed system. We give three different semantics of a distributed system, that do not interfere with the semantics of ontologies. Their advantages are compared with respect to allowing consistent merge of ontologies, managing heterogeneity and complying with an alignment composition operation. We show that only the first two variants, which differ from other proposed semantics, can offer a sound composition operation.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Antoine Zimmermann
    • 1
  • Jérôme Euzenat
    • 1
  1. 1.INRIA Rhône-AlpesMontbonnot Saint-MartinFrance

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