Framework for the Analysis of the Adaptability, Extensibility, and Scalability of Semantic Information Integration and the Context Mediation Approach

13 Pages Posted: 11 Mar 2009

See all articles by Thomas Gannon

Thomas Gannon

MITRE Corporation

Stuart Madnick

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Sloan School of Management

Allen Moulton

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Michael Siegel

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Sloan School of Management

Marwan Sabbouh

MITRE Corporation

Hongwei (Harry) Zhu

University of Massachusetts Lowell; Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT); Old Dominion University

Date Written: January 1, 2009

Abstract

Technological advances such as Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) have increased the feasibility and importance of effectively integrating information from an ever widening number of systems within and across enterprises. A key difficulty of achieving this goal comes from the pervasive heterogeneity in all levels of information systems. A robust solution to this problem needs to be adaptable, extensible, and scalable. In this paper, we identify the deficiencies of traditional semantic integration approaches. The COntext INterchange (COIN) approach overcomes these deficiencies by declaratively representing data semantics and using a mediator to create the necessary conversion programs from a small number of conversion rules. The capabilities of COIN is demonstrated using an example with 150 data sources, where COIN can automatically generate the over 22,000 conversion programs needed to enable semantic interoperability using only six parametizable conversion rules. This paper presents a framework for evaluating adaptability, extensibility, and scalability of semantic integration approaches. The application of the framework is demonstrated with a systematic evaluation of COIN and other commonly practiced approaches.

Keywords: service oriented architecture, Context Interchange

Suggested Citation

Gannon, Thomas and Madnick, Stuart E. and Moulton, Allen and Siegel, Michael and Sabbouh, Marwan and Zhu, Hongwei, Framework for the Analysis of the Adaptability, Extensibility, and Scalability of Semantic Information Integration and the Context Mediation Approach (January 1, 2009). MIT Sloan Research Paper No. 4729-09. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1356653 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1356653

Thomas Gannon (Contact Author)

MITRE Corporation ( email )

202 Burlington Road
Bedford, MA 01730
United States

Stuart E. Madnick

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Sloan School of Management ( email )

E53-321
Cambridge, MA 02142
United States
617-253-6671 (Phone)
617-253-3321 (Fax)

Allen Moulton

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) ( email )

Center of International Studies
Cambridge, MA 02139
United States

Michael Siegel

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Sloan School of Management ( email )

E53-323
Cambridge, MA 02142
United States
617-253-2937 (Phone)
617-258-7579 (Fax)

Marwan Sabbouh

MITRE Corporation ( email )

202 Burlington Road
Bedford, MA 01730
United States

Hongwei Zhu

University of Massachusetts Lowell ( email )

One University Avenue
Lowell, MA 01854
United States

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) ( email )

Cambridge, MA 02139
United States

HOME PAGE: http://web.mit.edu/~mrzhu

Old Dominion University ( email )

Norfolk, VA 23529
United States
757-683-5175 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://www.odu.edu/~hzhu

Register to save articles to
your library

Register

Paper statistics

Downloads
96
Abstract Views
6,039
rank
272,437
PlumX Metrics