Position paper titled "Toward Generic, Immersive, and Collaborative Solutions to the Data Interoperability Problem which Target End-Users" is accepted for publication in the 2nd International workshop on Ontologies and Information Systems for the Semantic Web (ONISW 2008) to held along with the ACM 17th Conference on Information and Knowledge Management in Napa Valley Marriott Hotel & Spa: Napa Valley, California, October 26-30, 2008.
Authors: Arturo J. Sánchez-Ruíz, Karthikeyan Umapathy, and Pat Hayes
In this position paper we describe our vision of a “just-in-time” approach to the Data Interoperability Problem (a.k.a.INTEROP.) It empowers data stakeholders (e.g. data producers and data consumers) with integrated tools to interact and collaborate with each other while directly manipulating visual representations of their data in an immersive environment
(e.g. implemented via Second Life.) The semantics of these visual representations and the operations associated with the data are supported by ontologies defined using the Common Logic Framework (CL). Data operations gestured by the stakeholders, through their avatars, are translated to a variety of generated resources such as multi-language source code, visualizations, web pages, and web services. The generality of the approach is supported by a plug-in architecture which allows expert users to customize tasks such as data admission, data manipulation in the immersive world, and automatic generation of resources. This approach is designed with a mindset aimed at enabling stakeholders from diverse domains to exchange data and generate new knowledge.
Link to ONISW 2008: http://www.ischool.drexel.edu/faculty/hhan/ONISW2008/