, a vocabulary-based transformation (VBT)
is a transformation aided by the use of a semantic equivalence
statements within a controlled vocabulary
Many organizations today require communication between one or more computers. Although many standards exist to exchange data between computers such as HTML or e-Mail, there are still much structured information that needs to be exchanged between computers that is not standardized. The process of mapping one source of data into another is often a slow and labor intensive process.
VBT is a possible way to avoid much of the time and cost of manual data mapping using traditional Extract, transform and load technologies.
The term vocabulary-based transformation was first defined by Roy Shulte of the Gartner Group around May of 2003 and appeared in annual "hype-cycle" for integration.
VBT allows computer systems integrators to more automatically "look up" the definitions of data elements in a centralized data dictionary
and use that definition and the equivalent mappings to transform that data element into a foreign namespace
The Web Ontology Language (OWL) language also support three semantic equivalence statements.
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