Meta-ontology for automated information integration of parts libraries

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Seamless integration of digital parts libraries or electronic parts catalogs for e-procurement is impeded by semantic heterogeneity. The utilization of ontologies as metadata descriptions of the information sources is a possible approach to providing an integrated view of multiple parts libraries. However, in order to integrate ontologies, the mismatches between them should be resolved. In this paper, we propose meta-concepts with which the ontology developers describe the domain concepts of parts libraries. The meta-concepts have explicit ontological semantics, so that they help to identify domain concepts consistently and structure them systematically. Consequently, our method ensures that the mismatches between parts library ontologies are confined to manageable mismatches which a software program can resolve automatically. Modeling ontologies of real mold and die parts libraries is taken as an example task to show how to use the meta-concepts. We also demonstrate how easily a computer system can merge the resultant well-established ontologies. (C) 2006 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Publisher
ELSEVIER SCI LTD
Issue Date
2006-07
Language
English
Article Type
Article
Description

DOI: 10.1016/j.cad.2006.03.002

Keywords

FORMAL ONTOLOGY; MANAGEMENT; SYSTEMS; WEB

Citation

COMPUTER-AIDED DESIGN, v.38, no.7, pp.713 - 725

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0010-4485
DOI
10.1016/j.cad.2006.03.002
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http://hdl.handle.net/10203/1871
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ME-Journal Papers(저널논문)
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