Integration with ontologies
One of today's hottest IT topics is integration, as bringing together information from different sources and structures is not completely solved. The approach outlined here wants to illustrate how ontologies [Gr93] could help to support the integration process. The main benefits for an ontology-based approach are - the ability to cover all occurring data structures, for ontologies can be seen as nowadays most advanced knowledge representation model - the combination of deduction and relational database systems, which extends the mapping and business logic capabilities - a higher degree of abstraction, as the model is separated from the data storage - its extendibility and reusability 1. Motivation for an Ontology-based Approach The goal of integration is to consolidate distributed information intelligently, free of redundancy, processed and operated by the right business logic to deliver the appropriate and condensed answer and offer the end user a simple access to it, without him needing knowledge about the underlying data structures. We believe that with ontologies there's now a model at hand to fit for this goal.
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