Dean M. Jones

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This paper describes the KRAFT architecture which supports the fusion of knowledge from multiple, distributed, heterogeneous sources. The architecture uses constraints as a common knowledge interchange format, expressed against a common ontology. Knowledge held in local sources can be tranformed into the common constraint language, and fused with knowledge(More)
Knowledge fusion refers to the process of locating and extracting knowledge from multiple, heterogeneous on-line sources, and transforming it so that the union of the knowledge can be applied in problem-solving. The KRAFT project has defined a generic agent-based architecture to support fusion of knowledge in the form of constraints expressed against an(More)
Solving queries to support e-commerce transactions can involve retrieving and integrating information from multiple information resources. Often, users don't care which resources are used to answer their query. In such situations, the ideal solution would be to hide from the user the details of the resources involved in solving a particular query. An(More)
Department of Computer Science, The University of Liverpool, Chadwick Building, Peach Street, Liverpool, L69 7ZF, UK, tel: +44-151-794 3706, fax: +44-151-794 3715, email: SAP AG Entw. HR HRMS Netherlands, PO Box 1461, D-69190 Walldorf, Germany, tel: +49-622776 47 45, fax: +49-6227-77 47 45, email: Dipartimento di(More)
Early ontological engineering methodologies have necessarily focussed on the management of the whole ontology development process. There is a corresponding need to provide advice to the ontological engineer on the finer details of ontology construction. Here, we specifically address the representation of hierarchical relationships in an ontology. We(More)