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Journal of Information Science and Engineering, Vol. 28 No. 2, pp. 393-406 (March 2012)

Rule Interchange in the Semantic Web*

College of Information Science and Engineering
Northeastern University
Shenyang, 110819 P.R. China

Rule interchange has become one of the most important issues in the Semantic Web. As a recommendation of the W3C (WWW Consortium), RIF (Rule Interchange Format) is dedicated to rule interchange between different rule languages. To be a general rule interchange format, RIF should first support rule interchange with SWRL (Semantic Web Rule Language), RuleML (Rule Markup Language), R2ML (REWERSE Rule Markup Language) and F-logic (Frame Logic), before completely implementing rule interchange with other rule languages. In the paper, we propose and construct RIAXML (Rule Interchange Architecture based on XML Syntaxes) - a rule interchange structure centered on RIF, which enables bidirectional rule interchange between RIF and SWRL, RuleML, R2ML and F-logic. Furthermore, we explore the issue of information loss and present corresponding remedial measures. More importantly, we design and implement a prototype system of RIAXML, and give its experimental analysis.

Keywords: rule interchange, semantic web, RIF, rule interchange architecture, RIAXML, information loss, RIAXML 1.0

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Received June 12, 2010; revised November 1, 2010; accepted December 30, 2010.
Communicated by Jonathan Lee.
* This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (61073139, 60873010) and the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities (N090504005, N090604012, N090104001).
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