Semantic system for integrating software components

A system and method for integrating databases and/or web services into a searchable ontological structure. The structure allows free-form searching of the combined system, discovering an execution path through the ontology to provide answers to queries that may require accessing multiple systems to resolve, without a need for knowledge of the available databases and services or of query syntax by the user. The same technologies that integrate databases and web services into a single ontological structure may also provide interoperability between the numerous information systems within modern enterprises. Context ontologies are constructed to capture ubiquitous enterprise concepts and their representations across the enterprise. By mapping information system data models to these context ontologies, information that originates in one part of the enterprise may be used across the enterprise in a highly automated fashion.

Patent #: 7877726 Issue Date: January 25, 2011