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Domenico Beneventano,Marius Octavian Olaru,Maurizio Vincini ( 2013 ) - Analyzing Dimension Mappings and Properties in Data Warehouse IntegrationOn the Move to Meaningful Internet Systems: OTM 2013 Conferences (Robert Meersman - Lecture Notes in Computer ScienceOn the Move to Meaningful Internet Systems: OTM 2013 Conferences - Springer Berlino DEU) - n. volume 8185 - pp. da 616 a 623 ISBN: 9783642410291 [Abstract in Atti di convegno - Abstract in Volume di Atti di Convegno ]
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Vincini M., Bergamaschi S., Beneventano D. ( 2013 ) - Semantic Integration of heterogeneous data sources in the MOMIS Data Transformation System - JOURNAL OF UNIVERSAL COMPUTER SCIENCE - n. volume 19 - pp. da 1986 a 2012 ISSN: 0948-695X [Articolo su rivista - Articolo su rivista]
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Francesco Guerra,Maurizio Vincini ( 2013 ) - The Prosumer Paradigm for Life Cycle Assessment ServicesFrameworks of IT Prosumption for Business Development (Malgorzata Pankowska - Frameworks of IT Prosumption for Business Development - IGI GLOBAL Hershey USA) - pp. da 234 a 246 ISBN: 9781466643130 | 9781466643147 [Contributo in volume (Capitolo o Saggio) - Capitolo/Saggio con ISBN]
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Marius-Octavian Olaru, Maurizio Vincini ( 2012 ) - A Dimension Integration Method for a Heterogeneous Data Warehouse Environment. (Mohammad S. Obaidat and Jose' Luis Sevillano and Zhaoyang Zhang and David A. Marca and Marten van Sinderen and Joe' -Luis Marzo and Petros Nicopolitidis - DCNET, ICE-B and OPTICS 2012 - Proceedings of the International Conference on Data Communication Networking, e-Business and Optical Communication Systems, Rome, Italy, 24-27 July, 2012, DCNET, ICE-B and OPTICS are parts of ICETE - The International Joint Conference on e-Business and Telecommunications - SciTePress Setubal PRT) - pp. da 278 a 283 ISBN: 9789898565235 [Contributo in Atti di convegno - Relazione in Volume di Atti di Convegno]
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Data Warehousing is the main Business Intelligence instruments that allows the extraction of relevant, aggregated information from the operational data, in order to support the decision making process inside complex organizations. Following recent trends in Data Warehousing, companies realized that there is a great potential in combining their information repositories in order to offer all participants a broader view of the economical market. Unfortunately, even though Data Warehouse integration has been defined from a theoretical point of view, until now no complete, widely used methodology has been proposed to support Data Warehouse integration. This paper proposes a method that is able to achieve both schema and instance level integration of heterogeneous Data Warehouse dimensions attributes by exploiting the topology of dimensions and the dimension-chase procedure.

Sonia Bergamaschi, Matteo Interlandi, Mario Longo, Laura Po, Maurizio Vincini ( 2012 ) - A meta-language for MDX queries in eLog Business Solution (Anastasios Kementsietsidis and Marcos Antonio Vaz Salles - IEEE 28th International Conference on Data Engineering (ICDE 2012) - IEEE Computer Society Los Alamitos, California USA) - pp. da 1417 a 1428 ISBN: 9781467300421 [Contributo in Atti di convegno - Relazione in Volume di Atti di Convegno]
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The adoption of business intelligence technologyin industries is growing rapidly. Business managers are notsatisfied with ad hoc and static reports and they ask for moreflexible and easy to use data analysis tools. Recently, applicationinterfaces that expand the range of operations available to theuser, hiding the underlying complexity, have been developed. Thepaper presents eLog, a business intelligence solution designedand developed in collaboration between the database group ofthe University of Modena and Reggio Emilia and eBilling, anItalian SME supplier of solutions for the design, production andautomation of documentary processes for top Italian companies.eLog enables business managers to define OLAP reports bymeans of a web interface and to customize analysis indicatorsadopting a simple meta-language. The framework translates theuser’s reports into MDX queries and is able to automaticallyselect the data cube suitable for each query.Over 140 medium and large companies have exploited thetechnological services of eBilling S.p.A. to manage their documentsflows. In particular, eLog services have been used by themajor media and telecommunications Italian companies and theirforeign annex, such as Sky, Mediaset, H3G, Tim Brazil etc. Thelargest customer can provide up to 30 millions mail pieces within6 months (about 200 GB of data in the relational DBMS). In aperiod of 18 months, eLog could reach 150 millions mail pieces(1 TB of data) to handle.

Sonia Bergamaschi, Marius Octavian Olaru, Serena Sorrentino, Maurizio Vincini ( 2012 ) - Dimension matching in Peer-to-Peer Data Warehousing (Edited by Ana Respício, Frada Burstein - Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications - IOS Press Amsterdam NLD) - n. volume 238 - pp. da 149 a 160 ISBN: 9781614990727 [Contributo in Atti di convegno - Relazione in Volume di Atti di Convegno]
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During the last decades, the Data Warehouse has been one of the main components of a Decision Support System (DSS) inside a company. Given the great diffusion of Data Warehouses nowadays, managers have realized that there is a great potential in combining information coming from multiple information sources, like heterogeneous Data Warehouses from companies operating in the same sector. Existing solutions rely mostly on the Extract-Transform-Load (ETL) approach, a costly and complex process. The process of Data Warehous integration can be greatly simplified by developing a method that is able to semi-automatically discover semantic relationships among attributes of two or more different, heterogeneous Data Warehouse schemas. In this paper, we propose a method for the semi-automatic discovery of mappings between dimension hierarchies of heterogeneous Data Warehouses. Our approach exploits techniques from the Data Integration research area by combining topological properties of dimensions and semantic techniques.

Francesco Guerra, Marius-Octavian Olaru, Maurizio Vincini ( 2012 ) - Mapping and Integration of Dimensional Attributes Using Clustering Techniques. (Christian Huemer and Pasquale Lops - Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing - Springer New York USA) - n. volume 123 - pp. da 38 a 49 ISBN: 9783642322723 [Contributo in Atti di convegno - Relazione in Volume di Atti di Convegno]
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Following recent trends in Data Warehousing, companies realized that there is a great potential in combining their information repositories to obtain a broader view of the economical market. Unfortunately, even though Data Warehouse (DW) integration has been defined from a theoretical point of view, until now no complete, widely used methodology has been proposed to support the integration of the information coming from heterogeneous DWs. This paper deals with the automatic integration of dimensional attributes from heterogeneous DWs. A method relying on topological properties that similar dimensions maintain is proposed for discovering mappings of dimensions, and a technique based on clustering algorithms is introduced for integrating the data associated to the dimensions.

Marius Octavian Olaru, Maurizio Vincini ( 2012 ) - On the Use of Dimension Properties in Heterogeneous Data Warehouse Integration (Nicola Ferro, Letizia Tanca - Proceedings of 20 th Italian Symposium on Advanced Database Systems SEBD 2012 - EDIZIONI LIBRERIA PROGETTO Padova ITA) - pp. da 277 a 282 ISBN: 9788896477236 [Contributo in Atti di convegno - Relazione in Volume di Atti di Convegno]
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A new trend in Business Intelligence is the process of combining information from two or more different and heterogeneous Data Warehouses. Existing solutions rely mostly on the Extract-Transform-Load (ETL) approach, a costly and laborious process. The process of Data Warehouse integration can be greatly simplified by developing methods to semi-automatically discover semantic mappings among attributes of two or more different, heterogeneous Data Warehouse schemas, like the one proposed in this paper.

Sonia Bergamaschi, Francesco Guerra, Mirko Orsini, Claudio Sartori, Maurizio Vincini ( 2011 ) - A Semantic Approach to ETL Technologies - DATA & KNOWLEDGE ENGINEERING - n. volume 70(8) - pp. da 717 a 731 ISSN: 0169-023X [Articolo su rivista - Articolo su rivista]
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Data warehouse architectures rely on extraction, transformation and loading (ETL) processes for the creation of anupdated, consistent and materialized view of a set of data sources. In this paper, we aim to support these processes byproposing a tool for the semi-automatic definition of inter-attribute semantic mappings and transformation functions.The tool is based on semantic analysis of the schemas for the mapping definitions amongst the data sources and thedata warehouse, and on a set of clustering techniques for defining transformation functions homogenizing data comingfrom multiple sources. Our proposal couples and extends the functionalities of two previously developed systems: theMOMIS integration system and the RELEVANT data analysis system.

Sonia Bergamaschi, Matteo Interlandi, Maurizio Vincini ( 2011 ) - A Web Platform for Collaborative Multimedia Content Authoring Exploiting Keyword Search Engine and Data Cloud - JOURNAL OF COMPUTER SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING - n. volume 8, issue 2 - pp. da 1 a 8 ISSN: 2043-9091 [Articolo su rivista - Articolo su rivista]
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The composition of multimedia presentations is a time- and resource-consuming task if not afforded in a well-defined manner. This is particularly true when people having different roles and following different high-level directives, collaborate in the authoring and assembling of a final product. For this reason we adopt the Select, Assemble, Transform and Present (SATP) approach to coordinate the presentation authoring and a tag cloud-based search engine in order to help users in efficiently retrieving useful assets. In this paper we present MediaPresenter, the framework we developed to support companies in the creation of multimedia communication means, providing an instrument that users can exploit every time new communication channels have to be created.

S. Bergamaschi, F. Ferrari, M. Interlandi, M. Vincini ( 2011 ) - A web-based platform for multimedia content authoring exploiting keyword search engine and data cloud - International Conference on Information Society. i-Society 2011 - IEEE UK/RI Computer Chapter London GBR) - pp. da 1 a 5 ISBN: 9780000000002 [Contributo in Atti di convegno - Relazione in Volume di Atti di Convegno]
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The composition of multimedia presentations is atime and resource consuming task if not afforded in a well definedmanner. This is particularly true when people having differentroles and following different high-level directives, collaborate inthe authoring and assembling of a final product. For this reasonwe adopt the Select, Assemble, Transform and Present (SATP)approach to coordinate the presentation authoring and a tagcloud-based search engine in order to help users in efficientlyretrieving useful assets. In this paper we present MediaPresenter,the framework we developed to support companies in the creationof multimedia communication means, providing an instrumentthat users can exploit every time new communication channelshave to be created.

Sonia Bergamaschi, Matteo Interlandi, Maurizio Vincini ( 2011 ) - MediaBank: Keyword Search and Tag Cloud Functionalities for aMultimedia Content Authoring Web Platform - INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MULTIMEDIA AND IMAGE PROCESSING - n. volume N. 1, Issue 3/4 - pp. da 79 a 96 ISSN: 2042-4647 [Articolo su rivista - Articolo su rivista]
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The composition of multimedia presentations is atime- and resource-consuming task if not afforded ina well-defined manner. This is particularly true whenpeople having different roles and following differenthigh-level directives, collaborate in the authoringand assembling of a final product. For this reasonwe adopt the Select, Assemble, Transform andPresent (SATP) approach to coordinate thepresentation authoring and a tag cloud-based searchengine in order to help users in efficiently retrievinguseful assets. In the first of this paper we presentMediaPresenter, the framework we developed tosupport companies in the creation of multimediacommunication means, providing an instrument thatusers can exploit every time new communicationchannels have to be created. In the second part wedescribe how we adopt keyword search techniquescoupled with Tag Cloud in order to summarize theresults over the stored data.

S. Bergamaschi, F. Ferrari, M. Interlandi, M. Vincini ( 2011 ) - MediaPresenter, a web platform for multimedia content management (Giansalvatore Mecca, Sergio Greco - Proceedings of the Nineteenth Italian Symposium on Advanced Database Systems, SEBD2011 - Università della Basilicata POTENZA ITA) - n. volume 1 - pp. da 435 a 442 ISBN: 9780000000002 [Contributo in Atti di convegno - Relazione in Volume di Atti di Convegno]
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The composition of multimedia presentations is a time and resource consuming task if not afforded in a well defined manner. This is particularly true for medium/big companies, where people having different roles and following different high-level directives, collaborate in the authoring and assembling of a final product. In this paper we present MediaPresenter, the framework we developed to support companies in the creation of multimedia communication means, providing an instrument that users can exploit every time new communication channels have tobe created.

Sonia Bergamaschi, Marius Octavian Olaru, Serena Sorrentino, Maurizio Vincini ( 2011 ) - Semi-automatic Discovery of Mappings Between Heterogeneous Data Warehouse Dimensions - International Conference on Advances in Communication and Information Technology - CIT 2011 - IDES Conference Publishing System Amsterdam NLD) - pp. da 1 a 10 ISBN: 9789081906708 [Contributo in Atti di convegno - Relazione in Volume di Atti di Convegno]
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Data Warehousing is the main Business Intelligence instrument for the analysis of large amounts of data. It permits the extraction of relevant information for decision making processes inside organizations. Given the great diffusion of Data Warehouses, there is an increasing need to integrate information coming from independent Data Warehouses or from independently developed data marts in the same Data Warehouse. In this paper, we provide a method for the semi-automatic discovery of common topological properties of dimensions that can be used to automatically map elements of different dimensions in heterogeneous Data Warehouses. The method uses techniques from the Data Integration research area and combines topological properties of dimensions in a multidimensional model.

Sonia Bergamaschi,Marius Octavian Olaru,Serena Sorrentino,Maurizio Vincini ( 2011 ) - Semi-automatic Discovery of Mappings Between Heterogeneous Data Warehouse Dimensions - ACEEE INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL ON INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY - n. volume Vol. 1 Issue 3 - pp. da 38 a 46 ISSN: 2158-012X [Articolo su rivista - Articolo su rivista]
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Data Warehousing is the main Business Intelligence instrument for the analysis of large amounts of data. It permits the extraction of relevant information for decision making processes inside organizations. Given the great diffusion of Data Warehouses, there is an increasing need to integrate information coming from independent Data Warehouses or from independently developed data marts in the same Data Warehouse. In this paper, we provide a method for the semi-automatic discovery of common topological properties of dimensions that can be used to automatically map elements of different dimensions in heterogeneous Data Warehouses. The method uses techniques from the Data Integration research area and combines topological properties of dimensions in a multidimensional model.

S. Bergamaschi, L. Sgaravato, M. Vincini ( 2010 ) - A COMPLETE LCA DATA INTEGRATION SOLUTION BUILT UPON MOMIS SYSTEM (S. Bergamaschi, S. Lodi, R. Martoglia, C. Sartori - Proceedings of the 18th Italian Symposium on Advanced Database Systems (SEBD 2010) - Soc. Editrice ESCULAPIO Bologna ITA) - pp. da 342 a 349 ISBN: 9788874883691 [Contributo in Atti di convegno - Relazione in Volume di Atti di Convegno]
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Life Cycle Thinking is day by day spreading outside scientific circles to assume a key role in the modern production system. Rewarded by consumers or ruled by governments an increasing number of firms is focusing on the assessment of their industrial processes. ENEA supports the adoption of such practice in small companies supplying them with simplified LCA tools; extending their database with value and up-to-date data published by the European Commission is of primary importance in order to provide effective assistance. This paper presents and demonstrates how the MOMIS (and RELEVANT) systems may be coupled and extended to actually provide a time and effort effective support in developing and deploying such an integration solution. The paper describes all the stages involved in the Extract Transform and Load process, with strong emphasis on the benefits the integration designer can achieve by the means of the semi-automatic definition of inter-attribute mappings and transformation functions [1,2] on a large number of records.

D. Beneventano, S. Bergamaschi, M. Orsini, M. Vincini ( 2010 ) - MOMIS: Getting through the THALIA benchmark (S. Bergamaschi, S. Lodi, R. Martoglia, C. Sartori - Proccedings of the 18th Italian Symposiun on Advanced Database System (SEBD 2010) - So. Editrice Esculapio Bologna ITA) - pp. da 354 a 357 ISBN: 9788874883691 [Contributo in Atti di convegno - Relazione in Volume di Atti di Convegno]
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During the last decade many data integration systems characterized by a classical wrapper/mediator architecture based on a Global Virtual Schema (Global Virtual View - GVV) have been proposed. The data sources store data, while the GVV provides a reconciled, integrated, and virtual view of the underlying sources. Each proposed system contribute to the state of the art advancement by focusing on different aspects to provide an answer to one or more challenges of the data integration problem, ranging from system-level heterogeneities, to structural syntax level heterogeneities at the semantic level. The approaches are still in part manual, requiring a great amount of customization for data reconciliation and for writing specific non reusable programming code. The specialization of mediator systems make a comparisons among the various systems difficult. Therefore, the last Lowell Report [1] has provided the guideline for the definition of a public benchmark for data integration problems. The proposal is called THALIA (Test Harness for the Assessment of Legacy information Integration Approaches) [2], and it provides researchers with a collection of downloadable data sources representing University course catalogues, a set of twelve benchmark queries, as well as a scoring function for ranking the performance of an integration system. In this paper we show how the MOMIS mediator system we developed [3,4] can deal with all the twelve queries of the THALIA benchmark by simply extending and combining the declarative translation functions available in MOMIS and without any overhead of new code. This is a remarkable result, in fact, as far as we know, no system has provided a complete answer to the benchmark.

S. Bergamaschi, F. Guerra, M. Orsini, C. Sartori, M. Vincini ( 2009 ) - An ETL tool based on semantic analysis of schemata and instances - Knowledge-Based and Intelligent Information and Engineering Systems - Springer Heidelberg DEU) - n. volume 5712 - pp. da 58 a 65 ISBN: 9783642045912 [Contributo in Atti di convegno - Relazione in Volume di Atti di Convegno]
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In this paper we propose a system supporting the semi-automatic definition of inter-attribute mappings and transformation functions used as an ETL tool in a data warehouse project. The tool supports both schema level analysis, exploited for the mapping definitions amongst the data sources and the data warehouse,and instance level operations, exploited for defining transformation functions that integrate data coming from multiple sources in a common representation.Our proposal couples and extends the functionalities of two previously developed systems: the MOMIS integration system and the RELEVANT data analysis system.

Francesco Guerra, Sonia Bergamaschi, Mirko Orsini, Claudio Sartori, Maurizio Vincini ( 2009 ) - Improving Extraction and Transformation in ETL by Semantic Analysis - Proceedings of the 10th European Conference on Knowledge Management - Academic Publishing Limited non disponibile GBR) - pp. da 347 a 355 ISBN: 9781906638399 [Contributo in Atti di convegno - Relazione in Volume di Atti di Convegno]
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Extraction, Transformation and Loading processes (ETL) are crucial for the data warehouseconsistency and are typically based on constraints and requirements expressed in natural language in the form ofcomments and documentations. This task is poorly supported by automatic software applications, thus makingthese activities a huge works for data warehouse. In a traditional business scenario, this fact does not representa real big issue, since the sources populating a data warehouse are fixed and directly known by the dataadministrator. Nowadays, the actual business needs require enterprise information systems to have a greatflexibility concerning the allowed business analysis and the treated data. Temporary alliances of enterprises,market analysis processes, the data availability on Internet push enterprises to quickly integrate unexpected datasources for their activities. Therefore, the reference scenario for data warehouse systems extremely changes,since data sources populating the data warehouse may not directly be known and managed by the designers,thus creating new requirements for ETL tools related to the improvement of the automation of the extraction andtransformation process, the need of managing heterogeneous attribute values and the ability to manage differentkinds of data sources, ranging from DBMS, to flat file, XML documents and spreadsheets. In this paper wepropose a semantic-driven tool that couples and extends the functionalities of two systems: the MOMISintegration system and the RELEVANT data analysis system. The tool aims at supporting the semi-automaticdefinition of ETL inter-attribute mappings and transformations in a data warehouse project. By means of asemantic analysis, two tasks are performed: 1) identification of the parts of the schemata of the data sourceswhich are related to the data warehouse; 2) supporting the definition of transformation rules for populating thedata warehouse. We experimented the approach in a real scenario: preliminary qualitative results show that ourtool may really support the data warehouse administrator’s work, by considerably reducing the data warehousedesign time.

S. Bergamaschi, F. Guerra, M. Orsini, C. Sartori, M. Vincini ( 2009 ) - Semantic Analysis for an Advanced ETL framework - Proceedings of the 1st International Workshop on Interoperability through Semantic Data and Service Integration - atti informali Camogli (Genova) ITA) [Contributo in Atti di convegno - Relazione in Volume di Atti di Convegno]
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In this paper we propose a system supporting the semi-automatic definition of inter-attribute mappings and transformation functions used as ETL tool in a data warehouse project. The tool supports both schema level analysis, exploited for the mapping definitions amongst the data sources and the data warehouse, and instance level operations, exploited for defining transformationfunctions that integrate in a common representation data coming from multiple sources.Our proposal couples and extends the functionalities of two previously developed systems: the MOMIS integration system and the RELEVANT data analysis system.

Sonia Bergamaschi, Francesco Guerra, Federica Mandreoli, Maurizio Vincini ( 2009 ) - Working in a dynamic environment: the NeP4B approach as a MAS - Proceedings of the eighth International Workshop on Agents and Peer-to-Peer Computing - Springer, Verlag Berlin DEU) - pp. da 117 a 130 ISBN: 9783642318085 [Contributo in Atti di convegno - Relazione in Volume di Atti di Convegno]
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Integration of heterogeneous information in the context of Internet is becoming a key activity to enable a more organized and semantically meaningful access to several kinds of information in the form of data sources, multimediadocuments and web services. In NeP4B (Networked Peers for Business), a project funded by the Italian Ministry of University and Research, we developed an approach for providing a uniform representation of data, multimedia and services,thus allowing users to obtain sets of data, multimedia documents and lists of webservices as query results. NeP4B is based on a P2P network of semantic peers, connected one with each other by means of automatically generated mappings.In this paper we present a new architecture for NeP4B, based on a Multi-Agent System.We claim that such a solution may be more efficient and effective, thanks to the agents’ autonomy and intelligence, in a dynamic environment, where sources are frequently added (or deleted) to (from) the network.

Sonia Bergamaschi, Francesco Nigro, Laura Po, Maurizio Vincini ( 2008 ) - Open Source come modello di business per le PMI: analisi critica e casi di studio (Silvia Bisi, Claudio Di Cocco - Open source e proprietà intellettuale. Fondamenti filosofici, tecnologie informatiche e gestione dei diritti - Gedit Edizioni Bologna ITA) - pp. da 41 a 59 ISBN: 9788860270771 [Contributo in volume (Capitolo o Saggio) - Capitolo/Saggio con ISBN]
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Il software Open Source sta attirando l'attenzione a tutti i livelli, sia all'interno del mondo economico che produttivo, perché propone un nuovo modello di sviluppo tecnologico ed economico fortemente innovativo e di rottura con il passato.In questo elaborato verranno analizzate le ragioni che stanno determinando il successo di tale modello e verranno inoltre presentate alcune casistiche in cui l'Open Source risulta vantaggioso, evidenziando gli aspetti più interessanti sia per gli utilizzatori che per i produttori del software.

Sonia Bergamaschi, Paolo Bouquet, Daniel Giacomuzzi, Francesco Guerra, Laura Po, Maurizio Vincini ( 2007 ) - MELIS: a tool for the incremental annotation of domain ontologies [Software - Software]
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Melis is a software tool for enablingan incremental process of automatic annotation of local schemas (e.g. re-lational database schemas, directory trees) with lexical information. Thedistinguishing and original feature of MELIS is its incrementality: thehigher the number of schemas which are processed, the more back-ground/domain knowledge is cumulated in the system (a portion of do-main ontology is learned at every step), the better the performance ofthe systems on annotating new schemas.

S. BERGAMASCHI; P. BOUQUET; D. GIACOMUZZI; F. GUERRA; L. PO; M. VINCINI ( 2007 ) - MELIS: An Incremental Method For The Lexical Annotation Of Domain Ontologies - Third International Conference on Web Information Systems and Technologies - for Systems and Technologies of Information, Control and Communication Setubal PRT) - pp. da 240 a 247 ISBN: 9789728865795 [Contributo in Atti di convegno - Relazione in Volume di Atti di Convegno]
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In this paper, we present MELIS (Meaning Elicitation and Lexical Integration System), a method and a software tool for enabling an incremental process of automatic annotation of local schemas (e.g. relational database schemas, directory trees) with lexical information. The distinguishing and original feature of MELISis its incrementality: the higher the number of schemas which are processed, the more background/domain knowledge is cumulated in the system (a portion of domain ontology is learned at every step), the better the performance of the systems on annotating new schemas.MELIS has been tested as component of MOMIS-Ontology Builder, a framework able to create a domain ontology representing a set of selected data sources, described with a standard W3C language wherein concepts and attributes are annotated according to the lexical reference database.We describe the MELIS component within the MOMIS-Ontology Builder framework and provide some experimental results of MELIS as a standalone tool and as a component integrated in MOMIS.

S. Bergamaschi; P. Bouquet; D. Giacomuzzi; F. Guerra; L. Po; M. Vincini ( 2007 ) - Melis: an incremental method for the lexical annotation of domain ontologies - INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL ON SEMANTIC WEB AND INFORMATION SYSTEMS - n. volume 3 (3) - pp. da 57 a 80 ISSN: 1552-6283 [Articolo su rivista - Articolo su rivista]
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In this paper, we present MELIS (Meaning Elicitation and Lexical Integration System), a method and a software tool for enabling an incremental process of automatic annotation of local schemas (e.g. relational database schemas, directory trees) with lexical information. The distinguishing and original feature of MELIS is the incremental process: the higher the number of schemas which are processed, the more background/domain knowledge is cumulated in the system (a portion of domain ontology is learned at every step), the better the performance of the systems on annotating new schemas.MELIS has been tested as component of MOMIS-Ontology Builder, a framework able to create a domain ontology representing a set of selected data sources, described with a standard W3C language wherein concepts and attributes are annotated according to the lexical reference database.We describe the MELIS component within the MOMIS-Ontology Builder framework and provide some experimental results of ME LIS as a standalone tool and as a component integrated in MOMIS.

D. Beneventano, S. Bergamaschi, F. Guerra, M. Vincini ( 2007 ) - Progetto di Basi di Dati Relazionali - Pitagora Bologna ITA) - pp. da 1 a 345 ISBN: 9788837116804 [Monografia o trattato scientifico - Monografia/Trattato scient. con ISBN]
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L'obiettivo del volume è fornire al lettore le nozioni fondamentali di progettazione e di realizzazione di applicazioni di basi di dati relazionali. Relativamente alla progettazione, vengono trattate le fasi di progettazione concettuale e logica e vengono presentati i modelli dei dati Entity-Relationship e Relazionale che costituiscono gli strumenti di base, rispettivamente, per la progettazione concettuale e la progettazione logica. Viene inoltre introdotto lo studente alla teoria della normalizzazione di basi di dati relazionali. Relativamente alla realizzazione, vengono presentati elementi ed esempi del linguaggio standard per RDBMS (Relational Database Management Systems) SQL. Ampio spazio è dedicato ad esercizi svolti sui temi trattati. Il volume nasce dalla pluriennale esperienza didattica condotta dagli autori nei corsi di Basi di Dati e di Sistemi Informativi per studenti dei corsi di laurea e laurea specialistica della Facoltà di Ingegneria di Modena, della Facoltà di Ingegneria di Reggio Emilia e della Facoltà di Economia "Marco Biagi" dell'Università degli Studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia. Il volume attuale estende notevolmente le edizioni precedenti arricchendo la sezione di progettazione logica e di SQL.La sezione di esercizi è completamente nuova, inoltre, ulteriori esercizi sono reperibili su questa pagina web. Come le edizioni precedenti, costituisce più una collezione di appunti che un vero libro nel senso che tratta in modo rigoroso ma essenziale i concetti forniti. Inoltre, non esaurisce tutte le tematiche di un corso di Basi di Dati, la cui altra componente fondamentale è costituita dalla tecnologia delle basi di dati. Questa componente è, a parere degli autori, trattata in maniera eccellente da un altro testo di Basi di Dati, scritto dai nostri colleghi e amici Paolo Ciaccia e Dario Maio dell'Università di Bologna. Il volume, pure nella sua essenzialità, è ricco di esercizi svolti e quindi può costituire un ottimo strumento per gruppi di lavoro che, nell'ambito di software house, si occupino di progettazione di applicazioni di basi di dati relazionali.

BENEVENTANO D; VINCINI M; ORSINI M; S. BERGAMASCHI; NANA C ( 2007 ) - Query Translation on heterogeneous sources in MOMIS Data Transformation Systems - International Workshop on Database Interoperability (InterDB) - Christoph Koch and Johannes Gehrke and Minos N. Garofalakis and Divesh Srivastava and Karl Aberer and Anand Deshpande and Daniela Florescu and Chee Yong Chan and Venkatesh Ganti and Carl-Christian Kanne and Wolfgang Klas and Erich J. Neuhold Vienna AUT) [Contributo in Atti di convegno - Relazione in Volume di Atti di Convegno]
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S. BERGAMASCHI; GUERRA F; ORSINI M.; SARTORI C; VINCINI M ( 2007 ) - Relevant News: a semantic news feed aggregator (Giovanni Semeraro, Eugenio Di Sciascio, Christian Morbidoni, Heiko Stoemer - Semantic Web Applications and Perspectives - Proceedings of the 4th Italian Semantic Web Workshop - Giovanni Semeraro, Eugenio Di Sciascio, Christian Morbidoni, Heiko Stoemer BARI ITA) - n. volume 314 - pp. da 150 a 159 ISBN: 16130073 [Contributo in Atti di convegno - Relazione in Volume di Atti di Convegno]
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In this paper we present RELEVANTNews, a web feed reader that automatically groups news related to the same topic published in different newspapers in different days. The tool is based on RELEVANT, a previously developed tool, which computes the “relevant values”, i.e. a subset of the values of a string attribute.Clustering the titles of the news feeds selected by the user, it is possible identify sets of related news on the basis of syntactic and lexical similarity.RELEVANTNews may be used in its default configuration or in a personalized way: the user may tune some parameters in order to improve the grouping results. We tested the tool with more than 700 news published in 30 newspapers in four daysand some preliminary results are discussed.

D. BENEVENTANO; S. BERGAMASCHI; F. GUERRA; M. VINCINI ( 2007 ) - The SEWASIE MAS for Semantic Search - Proceedings of the Second IEEE International Conference on Digital Information Management - IEEE Engineering Management Society Los Alamitos, California USA) - n. volume 2 - pp. da 793 a 798 ISBN: 9781424414765 [Contributo in Atti di convegno - Relazione in Volume di Atti di Convegno]
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The capillary diffusion of the Internet has made available access to an overwhelming amount of data, allowing users having benefit of vast information. However, information is not really directly available: internet data are heterogeneous and spread over different places, with several duplications, and inconsistencies. The integration of such heterogeneous inconsistent data, with data reconciliation and data fusion techniques, may therefore represent a key activity enabling a more organized and semantically meaningful access to data sources. Some issues are to be solved concerning in particular the discovery and the explicit specification of the relationships between abstract data concepts and the need for data reliability in dynamic, constantly changing network. Ontologies provide a key mechanism for solving these challenges, but the web’s dynamic nature leaves open the question of how to manage them.Many solutions based on ontology creation by a mediator system have been proposed: a unified virtual view (the ontology) of the underlying data sources is obtained giving to the users a transparent access to the integrated data sources. The centralized architecture of a mediator system presents several limitations, emphasized in the hidden web: firstly, web data sources hold information according to their particular view of the matter, i.e. each of them uses a specific ontology to represent its data. Also, data sources are usually isolated, i.e. they do not share any topological information concerning the content or structure of other sources.Our proposal is to develop a network of ontology-based mediator systems, where mediators are not isolated from each other and include tools for sharing and mapping their ontologies. In this paper, we describe the use of a multi-agent architecture to achieve and manage the mediators network. The functional architecture is composed of single peers (implemented as mediator agents) independently carrying out their own integration activities. Such agents may then exchange data and knowledge with other peers by means of specialized agents (called brokering agents) which provide a coherent access plan to the peer network. In this way, two layers are defined in the architecture: at the local level, peers maintain an integrated view of local sources; at the network level, agents maintain mappings among the different peers. The result is the definition of a new type of mediator system network intended to operate in web economies, which we realized within SEWASIE (SEmantic Webs and AgentS in Integrated Economies), an RDT project supported by the 5th Framework IST program of the European Community, successfully ended on September 2005.

D. BENEVENTANO; S. BERGAMASCHI; F. GUERRA; M. VINCINI ( 2007 ) - The SEWASIE Network of Mediator Agents for Semantic Search - JOURNAL OF UNIVERSAL COMPUTER SCIENCE - n. volume 13 (12) - pp. da 1936 a 1969 ISSN: 0948-695X [Articolo su rivista - Articolo su rivista]
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Integration of heterogeneous information in the context of Internet becomes a key activity to enable a more organized and semantically meaningful access to data sources. As Internet can be viewed as a data-sharing network where sites are data sources, the challenge is twofold. Firstly, sources present information according to their particular view of the matter, i.e. each of them assumes a specific ontology. Then, data sources are usually isolated, i.e. they do not share any topological information concerning the content or the structure of other sources. The classical approach to solve these issues is provided by mediator systems which aim at creating a unified virtual view of the underlying data sources in order to hide the heterogeneity of data and give users a transparent access to the integrated information.In this paper we propose to use a multi-agent architecture to build and manage a mediators network. While a single peer (i.e. a mediator agent) independently carries out data integration activities, it exchanges knowledge with other peers by means of specialized agents (i.e. brokers) which provide a coherent access plan to access information in the peer network. This defines two layers in the system: at local level, peers maintain an integrated view of local sources, while at network level agents maintain mappings among the different peers. The result is the definition of a new networked mediator system intended to operate in web economies, which we realized in the SEWASIE (SEmantic Webs and AgentS in Integrated Economies) project. SEWASIE is a RDT project supported by the 5th Framework IST program of the European Community successfully ended on September 2005.

S. BERGAMASCHI; P. BOUQUET; D. GIACOMUZZI; F. GUERRA; L. PO; M. VINCINI ( 2006 ) - An incremental method for meaning elicitation of a domain ontology - Proceedings of the 3rd Italian Semantic Web Workshop - CEUR WORKSHOP PROCEEDINGS - n. volume 201 [Contributo in Atti di convegno - Relazione in Rivista di Atti di Convegno]
Abstract

Internet has opened the access to an overwhelming amount of data, requiring the development of new applications to automatically recognize, process and manage informationavailable in web sites or web-based applications. The standardSemantic Web architecture exploits ontologies to give a shared(and known) meaning to each web source elements.In this context, we developed MELIS (Meaning Elicitation and Lexical Integration System). MELIS couples the lexical annotation module of the MOMIS system with some components from CTXMATCH2.0, a tool for eliciting meaning from severaltypes of schemas and match them. MELIS uses the MOMIS WNEditor and CTXMATCH2.0 to support two main tasks in theMOMIS ontology generation methodology: the source annotationprocess, i.e. the operation of associating an element of a lexicaldatabase to each source element, and the extraction of lexicalrelationships among elements of different data sources.

S. Bergamaschi; G. Gelati; F. Guerra; M. Vincini ( 2006 ) - An intelligent data integration approach for collaborative project management in virtual enterprises - WORLD WIDE WEB - n. volume 9(1) - pp. da 35 a 61 ISSN: 1386-145X [Articolo su rivista - Articolo su rivista]
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The increasing globalization and flexibility required by companies has generated new issues in the last decade related to the managing of large scale projects and to the cooperation of enterprises within geographically distributed networks. ICT support systems are required to help enterprises share information, guarantee data-consistency and establish synchronized and collaborative processes. In this paper we present a collaborative project management system that integrates data coming from aerospace industries with a main goal: to facilitate the activity of assembling, integration and the verification of a multi-enterprise project. The main achievement of the system from a data management perspective is to avoid inconsistencies generated by updates at the sources' level and minimizes data replications. The developed system is composed of a collaborative project management component supported by a web interface, a multi-agent data integration system, which supports information sharing and querying, and web-services that ensure the interoperability of the software components. The system was developed by the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia. Gruppo Formula S.p.A. and tested by Alenia Spazio S.p.A. within the EU WINK Project (Web-linked Integration of Network based Knowledge-IST-2000-28221).

Domenico Beneventano; Sonia Bergamaschi; Stefania Bruschi; Francesco Guerra;Mirko Orsini;Maurizio Vincini ( 2006 ) - Instances Navigation for Querying Integrated Data from Web-Sites (Joaquim Filipe, Jose' Cordeiro,Vitor Pedrosa - Web Information Systems and Technologies, International Conferences, WEBIST 2005 and WEBIST 2006. Revised Selected Papers - Springer Heidelberg DEU) - pp. da 125 a 137 ISBN: 9783540740629 | 9783540323013 [Contributo in volume (Capitolo o Saggio) - Capitolo/Saggio con ISBN]
Abstract

Research on data integration has provided a set of rich and well understood schema mediation languages and systems that provide a meta-data representation of the modeled real world, while, in general, they do not deal with data instances.Such meta-data are necessary for querying classes result of an integration process: the end user typically does not know the contents of such classes, he simply defines his queries on the basis of the names of classes and attributes.In this paper we introduce an approach enriching the description of selected attributes specifying as meta-data a list of the “relevant values” for such attributes. Furthermore relevant values may be hierarchically collected in a taxonomy. In this way, the user may exploit new meta-data in the interactive process of creating/refining a query. The same meta-data are also exploited by the system in the query rewriting/unfolding process in orderto filter the results showed to the user.We conducted an evaluation of the strategy in an e-business context within the EU-IST SEWASIE project. The evaluation proved the practicability of the approach for large value instances.

D. BENEVENTANO; S. BERGAMASCHI; S. BRUSCHI; F. GUERRA; M. ORSINI; M. VINCINI ( 2006 ) - Instances navigation for querying integrated data from web-sites - International Conference on Web Information Systems and Technologies - INSTICC Setubal PRT) - pp. da 46 a 53 ISBN: 9789728865467 [Contributo in Atti di convegno - Relazione in Volume di Atti di Convegno]
Abstract

Research on data integration has provided a set of rich and well understood schema mediation languages and systems that provide a meta-data representation of the modeled real world, while, in general, they do not deal with data instances.Such meta-data are necessary for querying classes result of an integration process: the end user typically does not know the contents of such classes, he simply defines his queries on the basis of the names of classes and attributes.In this paper we introduce an approach enriching the description of selected attributes specifying as meta-data a list of the “relevant values” for such attributes. Furthermore relevant values may be hierarchically collected in a taxonomy. In this way, the user may exploit new meta-data in the interactive process of creating/refining a query. The same meta-data are also exploited by the system in the query rewriting/unfolding process in orderto filter the results showed to the user.We conducted an evaluation of the strategy in an e-business context within the EU-IST SEWASIE project. The evaluation proved the practicability of the approach for large value instances.

D. BENEVENTANO; S. BERGAMASCHI; F. GUERRA; M. VINCINI ( 2005 ) - Building a tourism information provider with the MOMIS system - INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY & TOURISM - n. volume 7(3-4) - pp. da 221 a 238 ISSN: 1098-3058 [Articolo su rivista - Articolo su rivista]
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The tourism industry is a good candidate for taking up Semantic Web technology. In fact, there are many portals and websites belonging to the tourism domain that promote tourist products (places to visit, food to eat, museums, etc.) and tourist services (hotels, events, etc.), published by several operators (tourist promoter associations, public agencies, etc.). This article presents how the MOMIS system may be used for building a tourism information provider by exploiting the tourism information that is available in Internet websites. MOMIS (Mediator envirOnment for Multiple Information Sources) is a mediator framework that performs information extraction and integration from heterogeneous distributed data sources and includes query management facilities to transparently support queries posed to the integrated data sources.

D. BENEVENTANO; S. BERGAMASCHI; F. GUERRA; M. VINCINI ( 2005 ) - Querying a super-peer in a schema-based super-peer network (Gianluca Moro, Sonia Bergamaschi, Sam Joseph, Jean-Henry Morin, Aris M. Ouksel - International Workshop on Databases, Information Systems and Peer-to-Peer Computing (DBISP2P 2005) - Springer, Lecture Notes in Computer Science Berlino DEU) - pp. da 13 a 25 ISBN: 9783540716600 [Contributo in Atti di convegno - Relazione in Volume di Atti di Convegno]
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We propose a novel approach for defining and querying a super-peer within a schema-based super-peer network organized into a two-level architecture: the low level, called the peer level (which contains a mediator node), the second one, called super-peer level (which integrates mediators peers with similar content).We focus on a single super-peer and propose a method to define and solve a query, fully implemented in the SEWASIE project prototype. The problem we faced is relevant as a super-peer is a two-level data integrated system, then we are going beyond traditional setting in data integration. We have two different levels of Global as View mappings: the first mapping is at the super-peer level and maps several Global Virtual Views (GVVs) of peers into the GVV of the super-peer; the second mapping is within a peer and maps the data sources into the GVV of the peer. Moreover, we propose an approach where the integration designer, supported by a graphical interface, can implicitly define mappings by using Resolution Functions to solve data conflicts, and the Full Disjunction operator that has been recognized as providing a natural semantics for data merging queries.

Sonia Bergamaschi, Domenico Beneventano, Maurizio Vincini, Francesco Guerra ( 2005 ) - SEWASIE - SEmantic Webs and AgentS in Integrated Economies. [Software - Software]
Abstract

SEWASIE (SEmantic Webs and AgentS in Integrated Economies) aims to design and implement an advanced search engine enabling intelligent access to heterogeneous data sources on the web via semantic enrichment to provide the basis of structured secure web-based communication. SEWASIE implemented an advanced search engine that provides intelligent access to heterogeneous data sources on the web via semantic enrichment to provide the basis of structured secure web-based communication. SEWASIE provides users with a search client that has an easy-to-use query interface, and which can extract the required information from the Internet and can show it in a useful and user-friendly format. From an architectural point of view, the prototype provides a search engine client and indexing servers and ontologies.

Bergamaschi S; Guerra F; Vincini M ( 2004 ) - A peer-to-peer information system for the semantic web (Gianluca Moro, Claudio Sartori, Munindar P. Singh - Agents and Peer-to-Peer Computing, Second International Workshop, AP2PC 2003 - Springer Heidelberg DEU) - n. volume 2872 - pp. da 113 a 122 ISBN: 9783540240532 [Contributo in Atti di convegno - Relazione in Volume di Atti di Convegno]
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Data integration, in the context of the web, faces new problems, due in particular to the heterogeneity of sources, to the fragmentation of the information and to the absence of a unique way to structure and view information. In such areas, the traditional paradigms, on which database foundations are based (i.e. client server architecture, few sources containing large information), have to be overcome by new architectures. The peer-to-peer (P2P) architecture seems to be the best way to fulfill these new kinds of data sources, offering an alternative to traditional client/server architecture. In this paper we present the SEWASIE system that aims at providing access to heterogeneous web information sources. An enhancement of the system architecture in the direction of P2P architecture, where connections among SEWASIE peers rely on exchange of XML metadata, is described.

D. BENEVENTANO; F. GUERRA; S. MAGNANI; M. VINCINI ( 2004 ) - A Web Service based framework for the semantic mapping between product classification schemas - Long Beach, CA : R. Chi, [2000]- ) - JOURNAL OF ELECTRONIC COMMERCE RESEARCH - n. volume 5(2) - pp. da 114 a 127 ISSN: 1526-6133 [Articolo su rivista - Articolo su rivista]
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A marketplace is the place where the demands and offers of buyers and sellers participating in a business transaction may meet. Therefore, electronic marketplaces are virtual communities in which buyers may receive proposals from several suppliers and make the best choice. In the electronic commerce world, the comparison between different products is not possible due to the lack of common standards, used by the community, describing and classifying them. Therefore, B2B and B2C marketplaces have to reclassify products and goods according to different standardization models. In this paper, we propose a semi-automatic methodology, supported by a web service based framework, to define semantic mappings amongst different product classification schemas (ecommerce standards and catalogues) and we provide the ability to be able to search and navigate these mappings.The proposed methodology is shown over fragments of UNSPSC and ecl@ss standards and over a fragment of the eBay online catalogue.

S. Bergamaschi, D. Beneventano, F. Guerra, M. Orsini, M. Vincini ( 2004 ) - MOMIS: an Ontology-based Information Integration System(software) [Software - Software]
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The Mediator Environment for Multiple Information Sources (Momis), developed by the database research group at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, aims to construct synthesized, integrated descriptions of information coming from multiple heterogeneous sources. Our goal is to provide users with a global virtual view (GVV) of information sources, independent oftheir location or their data’s heterogeneity.An open source version of the MOMIS system was released on April 2010 by the spin-off DATARIVER (www.datariver.it)Such a view conceptualizes the underlying domain; you can think of it as an ontology describing the sources involved. The Semantic Web exploits semantic markups to provide Web ages with machine-readable definitions. It thus relieson the a priori existence of ontologies that represent the domains associated with the given information sources. This approachrelies on the selected reference ontology’s accuracy, but we find that most ontologies in common use are generic and that theannotation phase (in which semantic annotations connect Web page parts to ontology items) causes a loss of semantics. Byinvolving the sources themselves, our approach builds an ontology that more precisely represents the domain. Moreover,the GVV is annotated according to a lexical ontology, which provides an easily understandable meaning to content.

I. BENETTI; S. BERGAMASCHI; F. GUERRA; M. VINCINI ( 2004 ) - SOAP-ENABLED WEB SERVICES FOR KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT - INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF WEB ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY - n. volume 1(2) - pp. da 218 a 235 ISSN: 1476-1289 [Articolo su rivista - Articolo su rivista]
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The widespread diffusion of the World Wide Web among medium/small companies yields a huge amount of information to make business available online. Nevertheless the heterogeneity of that information, forces even trading partners involved in the same business process to face daily interoperability issues.The challenge is the integration of distributed business processes, which, in turn, means integration of heterogeneous data coming from distributed sources.This paper presents the new web services-based architecture of the MOMIS (Mediator envirOnment for Multiple Information Sources) framework that enhances the semantic integration features of MOMIS, leveraging new technologies such as XML web services and the SOAP protocol.The new architecture decouples the different MOMIS modules, publishing them as XML web services. Since the SOAP protocol used to access XML web services requires the same network security settings as a normal internet browser, companies are enabled to share knowledge without softening their protection strategies.

R. BENASSI; D. BENEVENTANO; S. BERGAMASCHI; F. GUERRA; M. VINCINI ( 2004 ) - Synthesizing an Integrated Ontology with MOMIS - International Conference on Knowledge Engineering and Decision Support (ICKEDS) - Proceedings su cd Porto PRT) [Contributo in Atti di convegno - Relazione in Volume di Atti di Convegno]
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The Mediator EnvirOnment for Multiple Information Sources (MOMIS) aims at constructing synthesized, integrated descriptions of the information coming from multiple heterogeneous sources, in order to provide the user with a global virtual view of the sources independent from their location and the level of hetero-geneity of their data. Such a global virtual view is a con-ceptualization of the underlying domain and then may be thought of as an ontology describing the involved sources. In this article we explore the framework’s main elements and discuss how the output of the integration process can be exploited to create a conceptualization of the underly-ing domain

R. BENASSI; S. BERGAMASCHI; M. VINCINI ( 2004 ) - TUCUXI: the Intelligent Hunter Agent for Concept Understanding and Lexical Chaining - Web Intelligence - IEEE Computer Society New York USA) - pp. da 249 a 255 ISBN: 9780769521008 [Contributo in Atti di convegno - Relazione in Volume di Atti di Convegno]
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In this paper we present Tucuxi, an intelligent hunter agent that replaces traditional keyword-based queries on the Web with a user-provided domani ontology, where meanings to be searched are not ambiguous.

R. BENASSI; S. BERGAMASCHI; M. VINCINI ( 2004 ) - Web Semantic Search with TUCUXI - Convegno Nazionale su Sistemi Evoluti per Basi di Dati - M. Agosti, P. Dessi, F. Schreiber CAGLIARI ITA) - pp. da 426 a 423 ISBN: 9788890140914 [Contributo in Atti di convegno - Relazione in Volume di Atti di Convegno]
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S.Margherita di Pula (CAGLIARI), Italia, 21-23 Giugno.

S. BERGAMASCHI; G. GELATI; F. GUERRA; M. VINCINI ( 2003 ) - A Experiencing AUML for the WINK Multi-Agent System (Giuliano Armano, Flavio De Paoli, Andrea Omicini, Eloisa Vargiu - WOA 2003: Dagli Oggetti agli Agenti. 4th AI*IA/TABOO Joint Workshop "From Objects to Agents": Intelligent Systems and Pervasive Computing - Pitagora Editrice Bologna Bologna ITA) - pp. da 148 a 148 ISBN: 9788837114138 [Contributo in Atti di convegno - Relazione in Volume di Atti di Convegno]
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In the last few years, efforts have been done towards bridging thegap between agent technology and de facto standard technologies,aiming at introducing multi-agent systems in industrialapplications. This paper presents an experience done by using oneof such proposals, Agent UML. Agent UML is a graphicalmodelling language based on UML. The practical usage of thisnotation has brought to suggest some refinements of the AgentUML features.

D. BENEVENTANO; S. BERGAMASCHI; A. FERGNANI; F. GUERRA; M. VINCINI; D. MONTANARI ( 2003 ) - A Peer-to-Peer Agent-Based Semantic Search Engine - Proceedings of the Eleventh Italian Symposium on Advanced Database Systems - Rubbettino Editore Cosenza ITA) - pp. da 367 a 378 ISBN: 9788849806298 [Contributo in Atti di convegno - Relazione in Volume di Atti di Convegno]
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Several architectures, protocols, languages, and candidate standards, have been proposed to let the "semantic web'' idea take off. In particular, searching for information requires cooperation of the information providers and seekers. Past experience and history show that a successful architecture must support ease of adoption and deployment by a wide and heterogeneous population, a flexible policy to establish an acceptable cost-benefit ratio for using the system, and the growth of a cooperative distributed infrastructure with no central control. In this paper an agent-based peer-to-peer architecture is defined to support search through a flexible integration of semantic information.Two levels of integration are foreseen: strong integration of sources related to the same domain into a single information node by means of a mediator-based system; weak integration of information nodes on the basis of semantic relationships existing among concepts of different nodes.The EU IST SEWASIE project is described as an instantiation of this architecture. SEWASIE aims at implementing an advanced search engine, which will provide SMEs with intelligent access to heterogeneous information on the Internet.

D. Beneventano, S. Bergamaschi, D. Miselli, A. Fergnani, M. Vincini ( 2003 ) - Building an Integrated Ontology within the SEWASIE Project: The Ontology Builder Tool - International Semantic Web Conference Sanibel Island, Florida USA) - pp. da 1 a 1 ISBN: 9780000000002 [Monografia o trattato scientifico - Monografia/Trattato scient. con ISBN]
Abstract

See http://www.sewasie.org/

D. BENEVENTANO; S. BERGAMASCHI; F. GUERRA; M. VINCINI ( 2003 ) - Building an integrated Ontology within the SEWASIE system (Isabel F. Cruz, Vipul Kashyap, Stefan Decker, Rainer Eckstein - First International Workshop on Semantic Web and Databases (SWDB) - Isabel F. Cruz, Vipul Kashyap, Stefan Decker, Rainer Eckstein Berlin DEU) - pp. da 91 a 107 ISBN: non disponibile [Contributo in Atti di convegno - Relazione in Volume di Atti di Convegno]
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MOMIS (Mediator envirOnment for Multiple Information Sources) is a framework for information extraction and integration of heterogeneous structured and semi-structured information sources. The result of the integration process is a Global Virtual View (in short GVV) which is a set of (global) classesthat represent the information contained in the sources being used. In this paper, we present the application of our integration concerning a specific type of source (i.e. web documents), and show how the result of the integration approach can be exploited to create a conceptualization of the domain belonging the sources, i.e. an ontology. Two new achievements of the MOMIS system are presented: the semi-automatic annotation of the GVV and the extension of a built-up ontology by the addition of another source.

D. BENEVENTANO; S. BERGAMASCHI; J. GELATI; F. GUERRA; M. VINCINI ( 2003 ) - MIKS: an agent framework supporting information access and integration (MATTHIAS KLUSH; SONIA BERGAMASCHI; PETE EDWARDS; PAOLO PETTA - Intelligent Information Agents Research and Development in Europe: An AgentLink Perspective - Springer Heidelberg DEU) - n. volume 2586 - pp. da 22 a 49 ISBN: 9783540007593 [Contributo in volume (Capitolo o Saggio) - Capitolo/Saggio con ISBN]
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Providing an integrated access to multiple heterogeneous sourcesis a challenging issue in global information systems for cooperation and interoperability. In the past, companies haveequipped themselves with data storing systems building upinformative systems containing data that are related one another,but which are often redundant, not homogeneous and not alwayssemantically consistent. Moreover, to meet the requirements ofglobal, Internet-based information systems, it is important thatthe tools developed for supporting these activities aresemi-automatic and scalable as much as possible.To face the issues related to scalability in the large-scale, in this paper we propose the exploitation of mobile agents in the information integration area, and, in particular, their integration in the Momis infrastructure. MOMIS (Mediator EnvirOnment for Multiple Information Sources) is a system that has been conceived as a pool of tools to provide an integrated access to heterogeneous information stored in traditional databases (for example relational, object oriented databases) or in file systems, as well as in semi-structured data sources (XML-file).This proposal has been implemented within the MIKS (Mediator agent for Integration of Knowledge Sources) system and it is completely described in this paper.

D. Beneventano; S. Bergamaschi; F. Guerra; M. Vincini ( 2003 ) - Synthesizing, an integrated ontology - IEEE INTERNET COMPUTING - n. volume 7 - pp. da 42 a 51 ISSN: 1089-7801 [Articolo su rivista - Articolo su rivista]
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To exploit the Internet’s expanding data collection, current Semantic Web approaches employ annotation techniques to link individual information resources with machine-comprehensible metadata. Before we can realize the potential this new vision presents, however, several issues must be solved. One of these is the need for data reliability in dynamic, constantly changing networks. Another issue is how to explicitly specify relationships between abstract data concepts. Ontologies provide a key mechanism for solving these challenges, but the Web’s dynamic nature leaves open the question of how to manage them. The Mediator Environment for Multiple Information Sources (Momis), developed by the database research group at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, aims to construct synthesized, integrated descriptions of information coming from multiple heterogeneous sources. Our goal is to provide users with a global virtual view (GVV) of information sources, independent of their location or their data’s heterogeneity. Such a view conceptualizes the underlying domain; you can think of it as an ontology describing the sources involved. The Semantic Web exploits semantic markups to provide Web pages with machine-readable definitions. It thus relies on the a priori existence of ontologies that represent the domains associated with the given information sources. This approach relies on the selected reference ontology’s accuracy, but we find that most ontologies in common use are generic and that the annotation phase (in which semantic annotations connect Web page parts to ontology items) causes a loss of semantics. By involving the sources themselves, our approach builds an ontology that more precisely represents the domain. Moreover, the GVV is annotated according to a lexical ontology, which provides an easily understandable meaning to content. In this article, we use Web documents as a representative information source to describe the Momis methodology’s general application. We explore the framework’s main elements and discuss how the output of the integration process can be exploited to create a conceptualization of the underlying domain. In particular, our method provides a way to extend previously created conceptualizations, rather than starting from scratch, by inserting a new source.

S. BERGAMASCHI; G.GELATI; F. GUERRA; M. VINCINI ( 2003 ) - WINK: a Web-based Enterprise System for Collaborative Project Management in Virtual Enterprises - 4th International Conference on Web Information Systems Engineering - IEEE Computer Society Los Alamitos, California USA) - pp. da 176 a 185 ISBN: 9780769519999 [Contributo in Atti di convegno - Relazione in Volume di Atti di Convegno]
Abstract

The increasing of globalization and flexibility required to the companies has generated, in the last decade, new issues, related to the managing of large scale projects within geographically distributed networks and to the cooperation of enterprises. ICT support systems are required to allow enterprises to share information, guarantee data-consistency and establish synchronized and collaborative processes. In this paper we present a collaborative project management system that integrates data coming from aerospace industries with two main goals: avoiding inconsistencies generated by updates at the sources’ level and minimizing data replications. The proposed system is composed of a collaborative project management component supported by a web interface, a multi-agent data integration component, which supports information sharing and querying, and SOAP enabled web-services which ensure the whole interoperability of the software components. The system was developed by the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Gruppo Formula S.p.A. and Alenia Spazio S.p.A. within the EU WINK Project (Web-linked Integration of Network based Knowledge - IST-2000-28221).

Bergamaschi S; Guerra F; Vincini M ( 2002 ) - A data integration framework for e-commerce product classification (Ian Horrocks, James A. Hendler - The Semantic Web - ISWC 2002, First International Semantic Web Conference - Springer Heidelberg DEU) - n. volume 2342 - pp. da 379 a 393 ISBN: 9783540437604 [Contributo in Atti di convegno - Relazione in Volume di Atti di Convegno]
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A marketplace is the place in which the demand and supply of buyers and vendors participating in a business process may meet. Therefore, electronic marketplaces are virtual communities in which buyers may meet proposals of several suppliers and make the best choice. In the electronic commerce world, the comparison between different products is blocked due to the lack of standards (on the contrary, the proliferation of standards) describing and classifying them. Therefore, the need for B2B and B2C marketplaces is to reclassify products and goods according to different standardization models. This paper aims to face this problem by suggesting the use of a semi-automatic methodology, supported by a tool (SI-Designer), to define the mapping among different e-commerce product classification standards. This methodology was developed for the MOMIS system within the Intelligent Integration of Information research area. We describe our extension to the methodology that makes it applyable in general to product classification standard, by selecting a fragment of ECCMA/UNSPSC and ecl @ss standard.

S. Bergamaschi, M. Vincini ( 2002 ) - A semantic approach to access heterogeneous data sources: the SEWASIE Project - Telebalt 2002 - IST Programme, European Commission Vilnius LTU) - pp. da 102 a 112 ISBN: 9780000000002 [Contributo in Atti di convegno - Relazione in Volume di Atti di Convegno]
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SEWASIE is implementing an advanced search engine that provides intelligent access to heterogeneous data sources on the web via semantic enrichment. This can be thought of as the basis of structured secure web-based communication. SEWASIE provides users with a search client that has an easy-to-use query interface, and which can extract the required information from the Internet and to show it in a useful and user-friendly format. From an architectural point of view, the prototype will provide a search engine client and indexing servers and ontologies.There are many benefits to be had from such a system. There will be a reduction of transaction costs by efficient search and communication facilities. Within the business context, the system will support integrated searching and negotiating, which will promote the take-up of key technologies for SMEs and give them a competitive edge.

D. BENEVENTANO; S. BERGAMASCHI; M.FELICE; D. GAZZOTTI; G.GELATI; F. GUERRA; M. VINCINI ( 2002 ) - An Agent framework for Supporting the MIKS Integration Process (Flavio De Paoli, Sara Manzoni, Agostino Poggi - WOA 2002: Dagli Oggetti agli Agenti. 3rd AI*IA/TABOO Joint Workshop "From Objects to Agents": From Information to Knowledge - Pitagora Editrice Bologna ITA) - pp. da 35 a 41 ISBN: 9788837113636 [Contributo in Atti di convegno - Relazione in Volume di Atti di Convegno]
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Providing an integrated access to multiple heterogeneous sourcesis a challenging issue in global information systems forcooperation and interoperability. In the past, companies haveequipped themselves with data storing systems building upinformative systems containing data that are related one another,but which are often redundant, not homogeneous and not alwayssemantically consistent. Moreover, to meet the requirements ofglobal, Internet-based information systems, it is important thatthe tools developed for supporting these activities aresemi-automatic and scalable as much as possible.To face the issues related to scalability in the large-scale, inthis paper we propose the exploitation of mobile agents inthe information integration area, and, in particular, the rolesthey play in enhancing the feature of the Momis infrastructure.Momis (Mediator agent for Integration of Knowledge Sources) is asystem that has been conceived as a pool of tools to provide anintegrated access to heterogeneous information stored intraditional databases (for example relational, object orienteddatabases) or in file systems, as well as in semi-structured datasources (XML-file).In this paper we describe the new agent-based framework concerning the integration process as implemented in Miks (Mediator agent for Integration of Knowledge Sources) system.

I. BENETTI; D. BENEVENTANO; S. BERGAMASCHI; F. GUERRA; M. VINCINI ( 2002 ) - An information integration framework for E-commerce - IEEE INTELLIGENT SYSTEMS - n. volume 17 - pp. da 18 a 25 ISSN: 1541-1672 [Articolo su rivista - Articolo su rivista]
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The Web has transformed electronic information systems from single, isolated nodes into a worldwide network of information exchange and business transactions. In this context, companies have equipped themselves with high-capacity storage systems that contain data in several formats. The problems faced by these companies often emerge because the storage systems lack structural and application homogeneity in addition to a common ontology.The semantic differences generated by a lack of consistent ontology can lead to conflicts that range from simple name contradictions (when companies use different names to indicate the same data concept) to structural incompatibilities (when companies use different models to represent the same information types).One of the main challenges for e-commerce infrastructure designers is information sharing and retrieving data from different sources to obtain an integrated view that can overcome any contradictions or redundancies. Virtual catalogs can help overcome this challenge because they act as instruments to retrieve information dynamically from multiple catalogs and present unified product data to customers. Instead of having to interact with multiple heterogeneous catalogs, customers can instead interact with a virtual catalog in a straightforward, uniform manner.This article presents a virtual catalog project called Momis (mediator environment for multiple information sources). Momis is a mediator-based system for information extraction and integration that works with structured and semistructured data sources. Momis includes a component called the SI-Designer for semiautomatically integrating the schemas of heterogeneous data sources, such as relational, object, XML, or semistructured sources. Starting from local source descriptions, the Global Schema Builder generates an integrated view of all data sources and expresses those views using XML. Momis lets you use the infrastructure with other open integration information systems by simply interchanging XML data files.Momis creates XML global schema using different stages, first by creating a common thesaurus of intra and interschema relationships. Momis extracts the intraschema relationships by using inference techniques, then shares these relationships in the common thesaurus. After this initial phase, Momis enriches the common thesaurus with interschema relationships obtained using the lexical WordNet system (www.cogsci.princeton.edu/wn), which identifies the affinities between interschema concepts on the basis of their lexicon meaning. Momis also enriches the common thesaurus using the Artemis system, which evaluates structural affinities among interschema concepts.

G. CABRI; F. GUERRA; M. VINCINI; S. BERGAMASCHI; L. LEONARDI; F. ZAMBONELLI ( 2002 ) - MOMIS: Exploiting agents to support information integration - INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF COOPERATIVE INFORMATION SYSTEMS - n. volume 11 - pp. da 293 a 313 ISSN: 0218-8430 [Articolo su rivista - Articolo su rivista]
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Information overloading introduced by the large amount of data that is spread over the Internet must be faced in an appropriate way. The dynamism and the uncertainty of the Internet, along with the heterogeneity of the sources of information are the two main challenges for today's technologies related to information management. In the area of information integration, this paper proposes an approach based on mobile software agents integrated in the MOMIS (Mediator envirOnment for Multiple Information Sources) infrastructure, which enables semi-automatic information integration to deal with the integration and query of multiple, heterogeneous information sources (relational, object, XML and semi-structured sources). The exploitation of mobile agents in MOMIS can significantly increase the flexibility of the system. In fact, their characteristics of autonomy and adaptability well suit the distributed and open environments, such as the Internet. The aim of this paper is to show the advantages of the introduction in the MOMIS infrastructure of intelligent and mobile software agents for the autonomous management and coordination of integration and query processing over heterogeneous data sources.

S. BERGAMASCHI; F. GUERRA; M. VINCINI ( 2002 ) - Product Classification Integration for E-Commerce - DEXA Workshops - IEEE Computer Society Los Alamitos, California USA) - pp. da 861 a 867 ISBN: 9780769516684 [Contributo in Atti di convegno - Relazione in Volume di Atti di Convegno]
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A marketplace is the place where the demand and supply of buyers and vendors participating in a business process may meet. Therefore, electronic marketplaces are virtual communities in which buyers may meet proposals of several suppliers and make the best choice. In the electronic commerce world, the comparison between different products is blocked due to the lack of standards (on the contrary, the proliferation of standards) describing and classifying them. Therefore, the need for B2B and B2C marketplaces is to reclassify products and goods according to different standardization models. This paper aims to face this problem by suggesting the use of a semi-automatic methodology to define a mapping among different e-commerce product classification standards. This methodology is an extension of the MOMIS-system, a mediator system developed within the Intelligent Integration of Information research area.

BERGAMASCHI S; BENEVENTANO D; CASTANO S; DE ANTONELLIS V; FERRARA A; GUERRA F; F. MANDREOLI; ORNETTI G. C; VINCINI M ( 2002 ) - Semantic Integration and Query Optimization of Heterogeneous Data Sources (Jean-Michel Bruel, Zohra Bellahsene - Advances in Object-Oriented Information Systems - Springer Heidelberg DEU) - n. volume 2426 - pp. da 154 a 165 ISBN: 9783540440888 [Contributo in Atti di convegno - Relazione in Volume di Atti di Convegno]
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In modern Internet/Intranet-based architectures, an increasing number of applications requires an integrated and uniform accessto a multitude of heterogeneous and distributed data sources. Inthis paper, we describe the ARTEMIS/MOMIS system for the semantic integration and query optimization of heterogeneous structured and semistructured data sources.

D. BENEVENTANO; S. BERGAMASCHI; D. BIANCO; F. GUERRA; M. VINCINI ( 2002 ) - SI-Web: a Web based interface for the MOMIS project - Convegno Nazionale su Sistemi Evoluti per Basi di Dati (SEBD 2002) - Paolo Ciaccia, Fausto Rabitti, Giovanni Soda Portoferraio ITA) - pp. da 407 a 411 ISBN: non disponibile [Contributo in Atti di convegno - Relazione in Volume di Atti di Convegno]
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The MOMIS project (Mediator envirOnment for MultipleInformation Sources) developed in the past years allows the integration of data from structured and semi-structured data sources. SI-Designer (Source Integrator Designer) is a designer support tool implemented within the MOMIS project for semi-automatic integration of heterogeneous sources schemata. It is a java application where all modules involved are available as CORBA Object and interact using established IDL interfaces. The goal of this demonstration is to present a new tool: SI-Web (Source Integrator on Web), it offers the same features of SI-Designer but it has got the great advantage of being usable onInternet through a web browser.

D. BENEVENTANO; S. BERGAMASCHI; D. GAZZOTTI; G.GELATI; F. GUERRA; M. VINCINI ( 2002 ) - The WINK Project for Virtual Enterprise Networking and Integration - Convegno Nazionale Sistemi di Basi di Dati Evolute (SEBD2002) - Paolo Ciaccia, FAusto Rabitti, Giovanni Soda Portoferraio ITA) - pp. da 283 a 290 ISBN: non disponibile [Contributo in Atti di convegno - Relazione in Volume di Atti di Convegno]
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To stay competitive (or sometimes simply to stay) on the market companies and manufacturers more and more often have to join their forces to survive and possibly flourish. Among other solutions, the last decade has experienced the growth and spreading of an original business model called Virtual Enterprise. To manage a Virtual Enterprise modern information systems have to tackle technological issues as networking, integration and cooperation. The WINK project, born form the partnership between University of Modena and Reggio Emilia and Gruppo Formula, addresses these problems. The ultimate goal is to design, implement and finally test on a pilot case (provided by Alenia), the WINK system, as combination of two existing and promising software systems (the WHALES and MIKS systems), to provide the Virtual Enterprise requirement for data integration and cooperation amd management planning.

G. GELATI; F. GUERRA; M. VINCINI ( 2001 ) - Agents Supporting Information Integration: the MIKS Framework - AIIA NOTIZIE - n. volume 4 - pp. da 50 a 51 [Articolo su rivista - Articolo su rivista]
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During past years we have developed the MOMIS (Mediator envirOnment for Multiple Information Sources) system for the integration of data from structured and semi-structured data sources.In this paper we propose some preliminary considerations about one feasible extension of the system, intended to improve some of the functionalities by exploiting intelligent and mobile agents. The new framework is named a MIKS (Mediator agent for Integration of Knowledge Sources).

G. GELATI; F. GUERRA; M. VINCINI ( 2001 ) - Agents Supporting Information Integration: the MIKS Framework (Andrea Omicini, Mirko Viroli - WOA 2001: Dagli Oggetti agli Agenti. 2nd AI*IA/TABOO Joint Workshop "From Objects to Agents": Evolutive Trends of Software Systems - Pitagora Editrice Bologna ITA) - n. volume https://www.unimore.u-gov.it/unimore/# - pp. da 109 a 112 ISBN: 9788837112721 [Contributo in Atti di convegno - Relazione in Volume di Atti di Convegno]
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During past years we have developed the MOMIS (Mediator envirOnment for Multiple Information Sources) system for the integration of data from structured and semi-structured data sources.In this paper we propose some preliminary considerations about one feasible extension of the system, intended to improve some of the functionalities by exploiting intelligent and mobile agents. The new framework is named a MIKS (Mediator agent for Integration of Knowledge Sources).

D. BENEVENTANO; S. BERGAMASCHI; F. GUERRA; M. VINCINI ( 2001 ) - Exploiting extensional knowledge for query reformulation and object fusion in a data integration system - Convegno Nazionale su Sistemi Evoluti per Basi di Dati (SEBD 2001) - Augusto Celentano, Letizia Tanca, Paolo Tiberio Venezia ITA) - pp. da 257 a 272 ISBN: non disponibile [Contributo in Atti di convegno - Relazione in Volume di Atti di Convegno]
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Query processing in global information systems integrating multiple heterogeneous sources is a challenging issue in relation to the effective extraction of information available on-line. In this paper we propose intelligent, tool-supported techniques for querying global information systems integrating both structured and semistructured data sources. The techniques have been developed in the environment of a data integration, wrapper/mediator based system, MOMIS, and try to achieve two main goals: optimized query reformulation w.r.t local sources and object fusion, i.e. grouping together information (from the same or different sources) about the same real-world entity. The developed techniques rely on the availability of integrationknowledge, i.e. local source schemata, a virtual mediated schema and its mapping descriptions, that is semantic mappings w.r.t. the underlying sources both at the intensional and extensional level. Mapping descriptions, obtained as a result of the semi-automatic integration process of multiple heterogeneous sources developed for the MOMIS system, include, unlike previous data integration proposals, extensional intra/interschema knowledge. Extensional knowledge is exploited to detect extensionally overlapping classes and to discover implicit join criteria among classes, which enables the goals of optimized query reformulation and object fusion to be achieved.The techniques have been implemented in the MOMIS system but can be applied, in general, to data integration systems including extensional intra/interschema knowledge in mapping descriptions.

BERGAMASCHI S., CASTANO S., VINCINI M., BENEVENTANO D. ( 2001 ) - Semantic Integration of Heterogeneous Information Sources - DATA & KNOWLEDGE ENGINEERING - n. volume 36 - pp. da 215 a 249 ISSN: 0169-023X [Articolo su rivista - Articolo su rivista]
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Developing intelligent tools for the integration of information extracted from multiple heterogeneous sources is a challenging issue to effectively exploit the numerous sources available on-line in global information systems. In this paper, we propose intelligent, tool-supported techniques to information extraction and integration from both structured and semistructured data sources. An object-oriented language, with an underlying Description Logic, called ODLI3 , derived from the standard ODMG is introduced for information extraction. ODLI3 descriptions of the source schemas are exploited first to set a Common Thesaurus for the sources. Information integration is then performed in a semiautomatic way by exploiting the knowledge in the Common Thesaurus and ODLI 3 descriptions of source schemas with a combination of clustering techniques and Description Logics. This integration process gives rise to a virtual integrated view of the underlying sources for which mapping rules and integrity constraints are specified to handle heterogeneity. Integration techniques described in the paper are provided in the framework of the MOMIS system based on a conventional wrapper/mediator architecture.

I. BENETTI; D. BENEVENTANO; S. BERGAMASCHI; F. GUERRA; M. VINCINI ( 2001 ) - SI-Designer: an Integration Framework for E-Commerce - IJCAI*01 Workshop on E-Business & the Intelligent Web - Proceedings informali pubblicati in rete http://www.csd.abdn.ac.uk/~apreece/ebiweb/programme.html Seattle USA) [Contributo in Atti di convegno - Relazione in Volume di Atti di Convegno]
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Electronic commerce lets people purchase goods and exchange information on business transactions on-line. Therefore one of the main challenges for the designers of the e-commerce infrastructures is the information sharing, retrieving data located in different sources thus obtaining an integrated view to overcome any contradiction or redundancy. Virtual Catalogs synthesize this approach as they are conceived as instruments to dynamically retrieve information from multiple catalogs and present product data in a unified manner, without directly storing product data from catalogs.In this paper we propose SI-Designer, a support tool for the integration of data from structured and semi-structured data sources, developed within the MOMIS (Mediator environment for Multiple Information Sources) project.

S. BERGAMASCHI; G. CABRI; F. GUERRA; L. LEONARDI; M. VINCINI; F. ZAMBONELLI ( 2001 ) - Supporting information integration with autonomous agents - Cooperative Information Agents V, 5th International Workshop - LECTURE NOTES IN COMPUTER SCIENCE - n. volume 2182 - pp. da 88 a 99 ISBN: 9783540425458 ISSN: 0302-9743 [Contributo in Atti di convegno - Relazione in Rivista di Atti di Convegno]
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The large amount of information that is spread over the Internet is an important resource for all people but also introduces some issues that must be faced. The dynamism and the uncertainty of the Internet, along with the heterogeneity of the sources of information are the two main challanges for the today’s technologies. This paper proposes an approach based on mobile agents integrated in an information integration infrastructure. Mobile agents can significantly improve the design and the development of Internet applications thanks to their characteristics of autonomy and adaptability to open and distributed environments, such as the Internet. MOMIS (Mediator envirOnment for Multiple Information Sources) is an infrastructure for semi-automatic information integrationthat deals with the integration and query of multiple, heterogeneous information sources (relational, object, XML and semi-structured sources). The aim of this paper is to show the advantage of the introduction in the MOMIS infrastructureof intelligent and mobile software agents for the autonomous management and coordination of the integration and query processes over heterogeneous sources.

D. BENEVENTANO; S. BERGAMASCHI; F. GUERRA; M. VINCINI ( 2001 ) - The Momis approach to Information Integration - Third International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems - ICEIS Press Setubal PRT) - n. volume 1 - pp. da 194 a 198 ISBN: 9789729805028 [Contributo in Atti di convegno - Relazione in Volume di Atti di Convegno]
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The web explosion, both at internet and intranet level, has transformed the electronic information systemfrom single isolated node to an entry points into a worldwide network of information exchange and businesstransactions. Business and commerce has taken the opportunity of the new technologies to define the ecommerceactivity. Therefore one of the main challenges for the designers of the e-commerceinfrastructures is the information sharing, retrieving data located in different sources thus obtaining anintegrated view to overcome any contradiction or redundancy. Virtual Catalogs synthesize this approach asthey are conceived as instruments to dynamically retrieve information from multiple catalogs and presentproduct data in a unified manner, without directly storing product data from catalogs. Customers, instead ofhaving to interact with multiple heterogeneous catalogs, can interact in a uniform way with a virtual catalog.In this paper we propose a designer support tool, called SI-Designer, for information integration developedwithin the MOMIS project. The MOMIS project (Mediator environment for Multiple Information Sources)aims to integrate data from structured and semi-structured data sources.

D. CALVANESE; S. CASTANO; F. GUERRA; D. LEMBO; M. MELCHIORI; G. TERRACINA; D. URSINO; M. VINCINI ( 2001 ) - Towards a comprehensive methodological framework for integration - Proceedings of the 8th International Workshop on Knowledge Representation meets Databases (KRDB2001) - CEUR WORKSHOP PROCEEDINGS - n. volume 45 [Contributo in Atti di convegno - Relazione in Rivista di Atti di Convegno]
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Nowadays, data can be represented and stored by using different formats ranging from non structured data, typical of file systems, to semi-structured data, typical of Web sources, to highly structured data, typical of relational database systems. Therefore,the necessity arises to define new models and approaches for uniformly handling all these heterogeneous information sources. In this paper we propose a framework which aims at uniformly managing information sources having different formats and structures for obtaining a global, integrated and uniform representation.

D. Beneventano, S. Bergamaschi, A. Corni, M. Vincini ( 2000 ) - Creazione di una vista globale d'impresa con il sistema MOMIS basato su Description Logics - AIIA NOTIZIE - n. volume 2 - pp. da 10 a 23 [Articolo su rivista - Articolo su rivista]
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D. BENEVENTANO; BERGAMASCHI S.; S. CASTANO; A. CORNI; R. GUIDETTI; G. MALVEZZI; M. MELCHIORI; M. VINCINI ( 2000 ) - Creazione di una vista globale d'impresa con il sistema MOMIS basato su Description Logics - VII Convegno Associazione Italiana per l'Intelligenza Artificiale - AI*IA, Associazione Italiana Intelligenza Artificiale MILANO ITA) - pp. da 20 a 30 ISBN: 9780000000002 [Contributo in Atti di convegno - Relazione in Volume di Atti di Convegno]
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Sviluppare strumenti intelligenti per l'integrazione di informazioni provenienti da sorgenti eterogenee all'interno di un'impresa è un argomento di forte interesse in ambito di ricerca. In questo articolo proponiamo tecniche basate su strumenti intelligenti per l'estrazione e l'integrazione di informazioni provenienti da sorgenti strutturate e semistrutturate fornite dal sistema MOMIS. Per la descrizione delle sorgenti presenteremo e utilizzeremo il linguaggio object-oriented ODLI3 derivato dallo standard ODMG. Le sorgenti descritte in ODLI3 vengono elaborate in modo da creare un thesaurus delle informazioni condivise tra le sorgenti. L'integrazione delle sorgenti viene poi effettuata in modo semi-automatico elaborando le informazioni che descrivono le sorgenti con tecniche basate su Description Logics e tecniche di clustering generando uno Schema globale che permette la visione integrata virtuale delle sorgenti.

D. Beneventano; S. Bergamaschi; S. Castano; A. Corni; G. Guidetti; M. Malvezzi; M. Melchiori; Vincini ( 2000 ) - Information integration - the MOMIS project demostration (Amr El Abbadi and Michael L. Brodie and Sharma Chakravarthy and Umeshwar Dayal and Nabil Kamel and Gunter Schlageter andKyu-Young Whang - VLDB 2000, Proceedings of 26th International Conference on Very Large Data Bases, September 10-14, 2000, Cairo, Egypt - Amr El Abbadi and Michael L. Brodie and Sharma Chakravarthy andUmeshwar Dayal and Nabil Kamel and Gunter Schlageter andKyu-YoungWhang San Francisco USA) - n. volume 1 - pp. da 611 a 614 ISBN: 9781558607156 [Contributo in Atti di convegno - Relazione in Volume di Atti di Convegno]
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The goal of this demonstration is to present the main features of a Mediator component, Global Schema Builder of an I3 system, called MOMIS (Mediator envirOnment for Multiple Information Sources). MOMIS has been conceived to provide an integrated access to heterogeneous information stored in traditional databases (e.g., relational, object- oriented) or file systems, as well as in semistructured sources. The demonstration is based on the integration of two simple sources of different kind, structured and semi-structured.

D. BENEVENTANO; S. BERGAMASCHI; A. CORNI; M. VINCINI ( 2000 ) - MOMIS: un sistema di Description Logics per l'integrazione del sistema informativo d'impresa - XXXVIII Congresso Annuale AICA2000 - AICA Taormina ITA) - pp. da 1 a 12 ISBN: 9780000000002 [Contributo in Atti di convegno - Relazione in Volume di Atti di Convegno]
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Taormina

S. BERGAMASCHI; S. CASTANO; C. SARTORI; P. TIBERIO; M. VINCINI ( 1999 ) - Distributed Database Support for Data-Intensive Workflow Application - Workshop on Enterprise Management and Resource Planning: Methods,Tools and Arch. - Telecom Italia VENEZIA ITA) - pp. da 271 a 282 ISBN: 9780000000002 [Contributo in Atti di convegno - Relazione in Volume di Atti di Convegno]
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Venice, Italy

S. BERGAMASCHI; S. CASTANO; M. VINCINI; D. BENEVENTANO ( 1999 ) - Intelligent Techniques for the Extraction and Integration of Heterogeneous Information (23 - IJCAI 1999 Workshop: Intelligent Information Integration - CEUR Workshop Proceedings Aachen DEU) - pp. da 109 a 129 ISBN: 9780000000002 [Contributo in Atti di convegno - Relazione in Volume di Atti di Convegno]
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Developing intelligent tools for the integration of informationextracted from multiple heterogeneous sources is a challenging issue to effectively exploit the numerous sources available on-line in global information systems. In this paper, we propose intelligent, tool-supported techniques to information extraction and integration which take into account both structured and semistructured data sources. An object-oriented language called odli3, derived from the standard ODMG, with an underlying Description Logics, is introduced for information extraction. Odli3 descriptions of the information sources are exploited first to set a shared vocabulary for the sources.Information integration is performed in a semi-automatic way, by exploiting odli3 descriptions of source schemas with a combination of Description Logics and clustering techniques. Techniques described in the paper have been implemented in theMOMIS system, based on a conventional mediator architecture.

S. BERGAMASCHI; D. BENEVENTANO; F. SGARBI; M. VINCINI ( 1999 ) - ODL-Designer UNISQL: Un'Interfaccia per la Specifica Dichiarativa di Vincoli di Integrità in OODBMS - Convegno Nazionale Sistemi di Basi di Dati Evolute (SEBD99) - Silava Castano VERONA ITA) - pp. da 241 a 255 ISBN: 9780000000002 [Contributo in Atti di convegno - Relazione in Volume di Atti di Convegno]
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La specifica ed il trattamento dei vincoli di integrita' rappresenta un tema di ricerca fondamentale nell'ambito dellebasi di dati; infatti, spesso, i vincoli costituiscono la partepiu' onerosa nello sviluppo delle applicazioni reali basate suDBMS. L'obiettivo principale del componente software ODL-Designer UNISQL, presentato nel lavoro, e' quello di consentire alprogettista di basi di dati di esprimere i vincoli di integrita'attraverso un linguaggio dichiarativo, superando quindi l'approcciodegli OODBMS attuali che ne consente l'espressione solo attraverso procedure (metodi etrigger). ODL-Designer UNISQL acquisisce vincoli dichiarativi e genera automaticamente, in maniera trasparente al progettista, le ``procedure'' che implementano tali vincoli.Il linguaggio supportato da ODL-Designer UNISQL e' lo standard ODL-ODMG opportunamente esteso per esprimere vincoli di integrita', mentre l'OODBMS commerciale utilizzato e' UNISQL.

S. BERGAMASCHI; S. CASTANO; M. VINCINI ( 1999 ) - Semantic Integration of Semistructured and Structured Data Sources - SIGMOD RECORD - n. volume 28 (1) - pp. da 54 a 59 ISSN: 0163-5808 [Articolo su rivista - Articolo su rivista]
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Providing an integrated access to multiple heterogeneous sources is a challenging issue in global information systems for cooperation and interoperability. In this context, two fundamental problems arise. First, how to determine if the sources contain semantically related information, that is, information related to the same or similar real-world concept(s). Second, how to handle semantic heterogeneity to support integration and uniform query interfaces. Complicating factors with respect to conventional view integration techniques are related to the fact that the sources to be integrated already exist and that semantic heterogeneity occurs on the large-scale, involving terminology, structure, and context of the involved sources, with respect to geographical, organizational, and functional aspects related to information use. Moreover, to meet the requirements of global, Internet-based information systems, it is important that tools developed for supporting these activities are semi-automatic and scalable as much as possible. The goal of this paper is to describe the MOMIS [4, 5] (Mediator envirOnment for Multiple Information Sources) approach to the integration and query of multiple, heterogeneous information sources, containing structured and semistructured data. MOMIS has been conceived as a joint collaboration between University of Milano and Modena in the framework of the INTERDATA national research project, aiming at providing methods and tools for data management in Internet-based information systems. Like other integration projects [1, 10, 14], MOMIS follows a “semantic approach” to information integration based on the conceptual schema, or metadata, of the information sources, and on the following architectural elements: i) a common object-oriented data model, defined according to the ODLI3 language, to describe source schemas for integration purposes. The data model and ODLI3 have been defined in MOMIS as subset of the ODMG-93 ones, following the proposal for a standard mediator language developed by the I3/POB working group [7]. In addition, ODLI3 introduces new constructors to support the semantic integration process [4, 5]; ii) one or more wrappers, to translate schema descriptions into the common ODLI3 representation; iii) a mediator and a query-processing component, based on two pre-existing tools, namely ARTEMIS [8] and ODB-Tools [3] (available on Internet at http://sparc20.dsi.unimo.it/), to provide an I3 architecture for integration and query optimization. In this paper, we focus on capturing and reasoning about semantic aspects of schema descriptions of heterogeneous information sources for supporting integration and query optimization. Both semistructured and structured data sources are taken into account [5]. A Common Thesaurus is constructed, which has the role of a shared ontology for the information sources. The Common Thesaurus is built by analyzing ODLI3 descriptions of the sources, by exploiting the Description Logics OLCD (Object Language with Complements allowing Descriptive cycles) [2, 6], derived from KL-ONE family [17]. The knowledge in the Common Thesaurus is then exploited for the identification of semantically related information in ODLI3 descriptions of different sources and for their integration at the global level. Mapping rules and integrity constraints are defined at the global level to express the relationships holding between the integrated description and the sources descriptions. ODB-Tools, supporting OLCD and description logic inference techniques, allows the analysis of sources descriptions for generating a consistent Common Thesaurus and provides support for semantic optimization of queries at the global level, based on defined mapping rules and integrity constraints.

S. BERGAMASCHI; S. CASTANO; S. DE CAPITANI DE VIMERCATI; S. MONTANARI; M. VINCINI ( 1998 ) - An Intelligent Approach to Information Integration - 1st Conference on Formal Ontology in Information Systems (FOIS '98) / 6th International Conference on Principles of Knowledge Representation and Reasoning (KR '98) - IOS-Press (Amsterdam) Amsterdam ITA) - n. volume 46 - pp. da 253 a 268 ISBN: 9789051993998 [Contributo in Atti di convegno - Relazione in Volume di Atti di Convegno]
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FORMAL ONTOLOGY IN INFORMATION SYSTEMS Book Series: FRONTIERS IN ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND APPLICATIONS Volume: 46 Pages: 253-268

S. BERGAMASCHI; S. DE CAPITANI DE VIMERCATI; S. MONTANARI; M. VINCINI ( 1998 ) - Exploiting Schema Knowledge for the Integration of Heterogeneous Sources - Convegno Nazionale Sistemi di Basi di Dati Evolute (SEBD98) - Maurizio Panti Ancona ITA) - pp. da 103 a 120 ISBN: 9780000000002 [Contributo in Atti di convegno - Relazione in Volume di Atti di Convegno]
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Ancona, Italy

D.BENEVENTANO; S. BERGAMASCHI; C. SARTORI; M. VINCINI ( 1997 ) - ODB-QOptimizer: a tool for semantic query optimization in OODB - IEEE Int. Conference on Data Engineering ICDE97 - W. A. Gray and Per Ake Larson Birmingham GBR) - pp. da 578 a 579 ISBN: 9780818678073 [Contributo in Atti di convegno - Relazione in Volume di Atti di Convegno]
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Birmingham, UK

D. Beneventano, S. Bergamaschi, C. Sartori, M. Vincini ( 1997 ) - ODB-QOptimizer: a tool for semantic query optimization in OODB [Software - Software]
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ODB-QOPTIMIZER is a ODMG 93 compliant tool for the schema validation and semantic query optimization.The approach is based on two fundamental ingredients. The first one is the OCDL description logics (DLs) proposed as a common formalism to express class descriptions, a relevant set of integrity constraints rules (IC rules) and queries.The second one are DLs inference techniques, exploited to evaluate the logical implications expressed by IC rules and thus to produce the semantic expansion of a given query.

D. BENEVENTANO; S. BERGAMASCHI; C. SARTORI; M. VINCINI ( 1997 ) - ODB-Tools: a description logics based tool for schema validation and semantic query optimization in Object Oriented Databases - Fifth Conference of the Italian Association for Artificial Intelligence(AI*IA97) - AI*IA, Associazione Intelligenza Artificiale ROMA ITA) - pp. da 128 a 145 ISBN: 9780000000002 [Contributo in Atti di convegno - Relazione in Volume di Atti di Convegno]
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