OWL as Yet Another Data Model to be Integrated

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Provided by: RWTH Aachen University
Topic: Data Management
Format: PDF
In this paper, the authors argue against cultivation in the ontological community of the opinion that ontologies are at the "Semantic" level, whereas database schema are models of data at the "Logical" or "Physical" level. The paper claims that rather it would be right to consider OWL (Web Ontology Language) as yet another data model to be integrated with other heterogeneous information models. Applying the SYNTHESIS - an extensible language for heterogeneous information resource integration and mediator definition - they show how a sound mapping of a conceptual schemas expressed in OWL 2 QL into SYNTHESIS schemas can be defined.
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