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Journal of Information Science and Engineering, Vol. 37 No. 2, pp. 295-321

Cross-Context Semantic Document Exchange Through a Novel Tabular Document Representation Approach

1School of Computer Science and Cyber Engineering
Guangzhou University
Guangzhou, 510006 P.R. China
E-mail: yangshuo@gzhu.edu.cn

2Department of Computer Science
University of California, Irvine
Irvine, CA 92697, USA
E-mail: weir4@uci.edu

Cross-context semantic document exchange is the process of representing, editing, and transmitting a semantic document in one context, and then receiving and interpreting it in another. It is an important research topic in semantic web, e-commerce and artificial intelligence. The current research methods of semantic document exchange generally include standardization, ontology modeling and collaboration templates, each of which has its own limitations. Based on Tabdoc, any semantic document used for interaction has the same syntax, conceptual meaning, and semantic relationship, regardless of context differences. The new method has been implemented in the SDF Tabdoc based on the XML format. By applying SDF Tabdoc, the Tabdoc editor has been designed and implemented to edit any context-independent document templates and document instances. Finally, the effectiveness of the proposed method is proved by case studies and experiments, indicating that any semantic document can be consistently understood between the parties.

Keywords: cross context, semantic document exchange, document inference, semantic interoperability, data integration

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