Effective Data Integration in the Presence of Temporal Semantic Conflicts
11 Pages Posted: 13 Apr 2004
Date Written: February 2004
The change in meaning of data over time poses significant challenges for the use of that data. These challenges exist in the use of an individual data source and are further compounded with the integration of multiple sources. In this paper, we identify three types of temporal semantic heterogeneities, which have not been addressed by existing research. We propose a solution that is based on extensions to the Context Interchange framework. This approach provides mechanisms for capturing semantics using ontology and temporal context. It also provides a mediation service that automatically resolves semantic conflicts. We show the feasibility of this approach by demonstrating a prototype that implements a subset of the proposed extensions.
Keywords: Context Interchange framework, ontology and temporal context
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