A Fundamental Framework for Realizing Semantic Interoperability in a Multidatabase Environment

Yasushi Kiyoki, Takashi Kitagawa, Youichi Hitomi

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In multidatabase research, the realization of semantic interoperability is the most important issue for resolving semantic heterogeneity between different databases. In this paper, we propose a fundamental framework for realizing semantic interoperability at the level of semantic relationships between data items in a multi database environment. We present a metadatabase system which extracts the significant information from different databases. The metadatabase system uses a mathematical model of meaning to dynamically recognize the semantic equivalence, similarity, and difference between data items. The essential feature of this model is that the specific meaning of a data item is dynamically fixed and unambiguously recognized according to the context by semantic interpretation mechanisms.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-20
Number of pages18
JournalIntegrated Computer-Aided Engineering
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1995
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computational Theory and Mathematics
  • Artificial Intelligence


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