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Conference Paper


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Proceedings of the 21st Annual British National Conference on Databases. Edinburgh, UK


Information integration in organisations has been hindered by differences in the software applications used and by the structure and semantic differences of the different data sources (de Bruijn, 2003). This is a common problem in the area of Enterprise Application Integration (EAI) where numerous ah-hoc programs have typically been created to perform the integration process. More recently ontologies have been introduced into this area as a possible solution to these problems, but most of the current approaches to ontology integration only address platform, syntactic and structural differences and do not address the semantic differences between the data sources (de Bruijn, 2003). For ontology semantic integration the underlying meaning of each element is needed. An approach based on introducing the contextualisation of the terms used in an ontology is proposed. This approach is called Contextual Semantic Integration for Ontologies.