Semantic Interoperability

First we have to explain the term interoperability. It means the ability of two parties to exchange different information or data. This exchange can be done by human or machine. So the term contains different nuances. Semantic interoperability is also called human interoperability because it guarantees that the meaning of a structure is only exchanged between humans.Examples are documents like referrals or guaranties on distinction of medical vocabulariesand common practice to guarantee semantic interoperability. This assures that all the people involved interpret the documents identically. To achieve semantic interoperability, systems must be able to exchange data in such a way that the precise meaning of the data is readily accessible and the data itself can be translated by any system into a form that it understand. Computer semantic interoperability means that the data is only exchanged from one machine to another.

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