Reconciliation

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Semantic reconciliation is a transformation of the content of messages from a message form specified by message schema used by a sending application to a message form specified by message schema used by a receiving application. The semantic reconciliation uses a reference ontology as a mediating point during the transformation. Thus, the specification of executable reconciliation rules between two differently specified messages involves defining the forward and backward message content transformation. Forward rules formally describe how to construct instances of concepts in the reference ontology by operational transformation of the content of one or more elements appearing in the source message. Backward rules formally describe how to construct message elements and message content of a target message instance by an operational transformation on the instances of the reference ontology. There can be several transformation patterns, such a one-to-one, many-to-one, one-to-many, or more complex patterns including conversion functions. The significant challenge is to achieve automated rules generation


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