Workshop on Semantic Integration

Call For Papers

Workshop on Semantic Integration
at ISWC'2003

Monday, October 20, 2003
Sundial Resort, Sanibel Island, Florida, USA

In numerous distributed environments, including today's World-Wide Web, organizational intranets, and the emerging Semantic Web, the applications will inevitably use the information described by multiple ontologies and schemas. Interoperability among applications depends critically on the ability to map between them. Today, matching between ontologies and schemas is still largely done by hand, in a labor-intensive and error-prone process. As a consequence, semantic integration issues have now become a key bottleneck in the deployment of a wide variety of information management applications.

The high cost of this bottleneck has motivated numerous research activities on methods for describing mappings, manipulating them, and generating them semi-automatically. This research has spanned several communities (Databases, AI, WWW), but unfortunately, there has been little cross fertilization between the communities considering the problem.

This workshop examines semantic integration issues, with an emphasis on schema and ontology matching, ontology integration, and object matching and fusion. It will bring together researchers from different communities to examine cutting-edge approaches to semantic integration, to consider how different communities can leverage each other's strengths, and to discuss additional challenges brought by new application contexts.

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