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2017, Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Web Intelligence, Mining and Semantics, Pages -

Semantic technology for open data publishing (04b Atto di convegno in volume)

Cima Gianluca, Lenzerini Maurizio, Poggi Antonella

After years of focus on technologies for big data storing and processing, many observers are pointing out that making sense of big data cannot be done without suitable tools for conceptualizing, preparing, and integrating data (see http://www.dbta.com/). Research in the last years has shown that taking into account the semantics of data is crucial for devising powerful data integration solutions. In this work we focus on a specific paradigm for semantic data integration, named "Ontology-Based Data Access" (OBDA), proposed in [1-4]. According to such paradigm, the client of the information system is freed from being aware of how data and processes are structured in concrete resources (databases, software programs, services, etc.), and interacts with the system by expressing her queries and goals in terms of a conceptual representation of the domain of interest, called ontology. More precisely, a system realizing the vision of OBDA is constituted by three components: The ontology, whose goal is to provide a formal, clean and high level representation of the domain of interest, and constitutes the component with which the clients of the system (both humans and software programs) interact. fiedata source layer, representing the existing data sources in the information system, which are managed by the processes and services operating on their data. e mapping between the two layers, which is an explicit representation of the relationship between the data sources and the ontology, and is used to translate the operations on the ontology (e.g., query answering) in terms of concrete actions on the data sources. c
ISBN: 978-1-4503-5225-3
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