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Semantic interoperability

provides for the ability of two or more information systems or elements to exchange information and to enable the use of the information that has been exchanged, processed, interpreted or otherwise used, independent of the syntax by which it was exchanged. Semantic interoperability is about a shared, common interpretation of data. This degree of interoperability supports the exchange and other operations on data among authorized parties via potentially dependent and independent systems, if required.[1]
[is] the ability of organizations to process information from external sources in a meaningful manner. It ensures that the precise meaning of exchanged information is understood and preserved throughout exchanges between parties.[2]

Overview Edit

"[S]emantic interoperability encompasses semantic and syntactic aspects. Semantic interoperability is referred to the meaning of data elements and the relationship between them. It entails developing a vocabulary to describe data exchanges, and ensures that the data elements are understood in the same way by communicating receivers. On the other hand, syntactic interoperability is about describing the exact format of the information to be exchanged in terms of grammar, format and schemas."[3]

References Edit

  1. Framework for Cyber-Physical Systems, at 68.
  2. European Commission Joinup, "Semantic Interoperability" (full-text).
  3. Id.

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