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Pragmatic semantic unification

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Petrie, C. ; Stanford Univ., CA, USA

The term unification is meaningful only with respect to applications. A term's meaning, or semantics, is evident in its use - if the application is successful, the terms have been used correctly. Unifying academic ontologies is unification in a vacuum. The only way to know if we have done it correctly is to test whether the applications associated with the terms interoperate successfully - a notion called pragmatic semantic unification. Ontologies should refer to applications, and unification success should be tested with interoperability.

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Internet Computing, IEEE  (Volume:9 ,  Issue: 5 )