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Merging ontologies requires interlocking instituitional worlds

Colomb, Robert Micheal and Ahmad, Mohammad Nazir (2007) Merging ontologies requires interlocking instituitional worlds. Applied Ontology, 2 (1). pp. 1-12. ISSN 1570-5838

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Official URL: http://portal.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=1412398


Merging of ontologies is a frequently addressed problem in the ontology literature. This paper argues that in general two even very similar ontologies cannot be merged. Further, where two ontologies can be merged their conceptualizations are special. They are systems of institutional facts which are interlocking. The argument is based on the literature of the federated database problem and on the concepts of speech act and institutional fact.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:information system, database management, design
Subjects:T Technology > T Technology (General)
Divisions:Computer Science and Information System
ID Code:8190
Deposited By: Norshiela Buyamin
Deposited On:02 Apr 2009 06:08
Last Modified:21 Oct 2010 09:07

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