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The Impact of Semantic Handshakes

Book Chapter, was published by Lutz Maicher at 2007-09-04

This paper proposes a bottom-up approach to semantic integration.

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One of the key challenges for the breaking through of the semantic web or web 2.0 is global semantic integration: if two proxies in different subject-centric models represent the same subject in the “real world” they should become mergeable. The common top-down approach to semantic integration is the enforcement of centralised ontologies, vocabularies or PSI repositories. This top-down approach bases on an overly optimistic premise: the success of one universal vocabulary enforced by a central authority. This paper proposes a bottom-up approach. A semantic handshake is the decision that two terms from different vocabularies can be used to identify the same subject. If these local decisions are broadcasted, global integration can be achieved without any ontological imperialism. Within this paper this hypothesis is investigated by simulations. We show that if the majority of proxies describes its identity only by two different public known terms, global integration is almost achievable at the large scale.

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As a former information scientist, I am fascinated since 1999 by the capabilities for building Topic Maps-based knowledge systems having the potential to augment human mind. One can model arbitrary knowledge organization systems, deal with semantic heterogeneity, collocate all facts about one subject in one logical place, and with TMQL have semantic retrieval on federated semantic networks. Therefore I expect bright prospects for business concepts building on the exchange of such knowledge snippets via semantic knowledge services.

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