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A Necessary Condition for Semantic Interoperability in the Large

Summary: A Necessary Condition for Semantic
Interoperability in the Large
Philippe Cudr´e-Mauroux and Karl Aberer
School of Computer and Communication Sciences
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL)
1010 Lausanne, Switzerland
{philippe.cudre-mauroux, karl.aberer}@epfl.ch
Abstract. With new standards like RDF or OWL paving the way for
the much anticipated semantic web, a new breed of large scale semantic
systems is about to appear. Even if research on semantic reconciliation
methods is abundant, it is not clear how interoperable very large scale
semantic systems can be. This paper represents a first effort towards
analytically analyzing semantic interoperability in the large: By adapting
a recent graph-theoretic framework, we examine the dynamics of large
scale semantic systems and derive a necessary condition for fostering
global semantic interoperability.
1 Introduction
Information systems are about to undergo profound changes through the wide
adoption of a set of semantic standards comprising RDF, RDFS or OWL. These
specifications aim at providing machine-processable information and should un-


Source: Aberer, Karl - Faculté Informatique et Communications, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Database Group


Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences