Data Integration Through Service-Based Mediation for Web-Enabled Information Systems

Data Integration Through Service-Based Mediation for Web-Enabled Information Systems

Yaoling Zhu (Dublin City University, Ireland) and Claus Pahl (Dublin City University, Ireland)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-492-7.ch005

Abstract

The Web and its underlying platform technologies have often been used to integrate existing software and information systems. Traditional techniques for data representation and transformations between documents are not sufficient to support a flexible and maintainable data integration solution that meets the requirements of modern complex Web-enabled software and information systems. The difficulty arises from the high degree of complexity of data structures, for example in business and technology applications, and from the constant change of data and its representation. In the Web context, where the Web platform is used to integrate different organisations or software systems, additionally the problem of heterogeneity arises. We introduce a specific data integration solution for Web applications such as Web-enabled information systems. Our contribution is an integration technology framework for Webenabled information systems comprising, firstly, a data integration technique based on the declarative specification of transformation rules and the construction of connectors that handle the integration and, secondly, a mediator architecture based on information services and the constructed connectors to handle the integration process.

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