Domain-Specific Ontologies Trading for Retrieval and Integration of Information in Web-Based Information Systems

Domain-Specific Ontologies Trading for Retrieval and Integration of Information in Web-Based Information Systems

José-Andrés Asensio (University of Almería, Spain), Javier Criado (University of Almería, Spain), Luis Iribarne (University of Almería, Spain) and Nicolás Padilla (University of Almería, Spain)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61520-921-7.ch007
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This chapter introduces the use of domain-specific ontologies through Web trading services as a mechanism for retrieval and integration of information between different systems or subsystems. This mechanism is based on a three-level data architecture, which can be demonstrated by the use of trading service. This architecture includes data at its first level, meta-information on its second level in order to facilitate the processes of retrieval of information, and meta-meta-information at its third level to facilitate the integration of information-through-trading-services. This proposal is a new approach to the process of retrieval and integration of information for Web-based Information Systems (WIS). This chapter presents a case study for a WIS application of an Environmental Management Information System (EMIS), called SOLERES.
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This section reviews the most important work done in the field of the application of domain-specific ontologies and trading services to the processes of retrieval and integration of information.

Some works suggest the use of ontologies in the process of searching and retrieval of information in order to improve this process (Chien et al., 2007; Chien et al., 2010). For example, in (Qi et al., 2008) they use a domain-specific ontology for the query of web documents. There are also works that propose ontologies as a mechanism for the integration between different systems. While in (Dartigues et al., 2007) an approach to the integration between a Computer-Aided Design-(CAD) system and a Computer-Aided Process Planning (CAPP) system is described, in (Rajapakse et al., 2008) they propose another domain-specific ontology for the integration of information-databases with scientific literature and the subsequent search. For its part, (Sousan et al., 2007) provides an Intelligent-Web-Service based on semantics for the retrieval and integration of information that uses a domain-specific ontology, which contains the user preferences and is developed and refined by the searching that they perform.

As far as trading services are concerned, there are works that use a domain ontology to define the vocabulary that describes the services, and a trader that facilitates the finding of service which best fits the preferences of the user (Sora et al., 2009). In (Zein et al., 2006) they go a step further and propose an ontology-based-trader to describe both static and dynamic properties and service interfaces.

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