MAFRA — A MApping FRAmework for Distributed Ontologies

  • Alexander Maedche
  • Boris Motik
  • Nuno Silva
  • Raphael Volz
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 2473)


Ontologies as means for conceptualizing and structuring domain knowledge within a community of interest are seen as a key to realize the Semantic Web vision. However, the decentralized nature of the Web makes achieving this consensus across communities difficult, thus, hampering efficient knowledge sharing between them. In order to balance the autonomy of each community with the need for interoperability, mapping mechanisms between distributed ontologies in the Semantic Web are required. In this paper we present MAFRA, an interactive, incremental and dynamic framework for mapping distributed ontologies.


Mapping Process Target Concept MApping FRAmework Execution Engine Source Entity 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alexander Maedche
    • 1
  • Boris Motik
    • 1
  • Nuno Silva
    • 1
    • 2
  • Raphael Volz
    • 1
  1. 1.Forschungszentrum Informatik at the Univ. KarlsruheKarlsruheGermany
  2. 2.ISEP Instituto Superior de Engenharia Instituto Politecnico do PortoPortugal

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