Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Interoperability of Domain-Specific Ontologies

Families of predicates can work together, and predicate relationships not used by a particular application are effectively invisible to it.

As the simplest possible example, compare visual markup and RDFa mixed together on the same XHTML page. A person looking at the web page is utilizing the visual markup, but would not see the non-visual RDFa markup. Likewise, one app might use location-centric relationships and not care about accompanying information. Another app might look at the same page and grab only the bibliographic connections. Domain-Specific Ontologies can work independently in this way, each with its own XSLT data extraction.

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