Pragmatic Interoperability: A Systematic Review of Published Definitions

C.H. Asuncion, Marten J. van Sinderen

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    Abstract

    Enabling the interoperability between applications requires agreement in the format and meaning (syntax and semantics) of exchanged data including the ordering of message exchanges. However, today’s researchers argue that these are not enough to achieve a complete, effective and meaningful collaboration – the use of data (pragmatics) is important as well. Pragmatic interoperability requires mutual understanding in the use of data between collaborating systems. However, we observe that the notion of pragmatic interoperability is still largely unsettled, as evidenced by the various proposed definitions and the lack of a canonical understanding. Therefore, our objective is to contribute to a more thorough understanding of this concept through a systematic review of published definitions. Our results show that, indeed, various interpretations of pragmatic interoperability exist. Categorizing the derivable concepts from these definitions, we see two broad groups: system level and business level. Within each of these individual levels, we see some degree of agreement among the definitions. However, comparing the definitions across these levels, we observe no general agreement. At the system level, pragmatic interoperability essentially means sharing the same understanding of the intended and actual use of exchanged system message in a given context. At the business level, pragmatic interoperability goes beyond service use by considering also the compatibility of business intentions, business rules, organizational policies, and the establishment and maintenance of trust and reputation mechanisms between collaborating business parties.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationIFIP TC5 International Conference on Enterprise Architecture, Integration and Interoperability, EAI2N 2010, held as part of WCC 2010
    EditorsPeter Bernus, Guy Doumeingts, Mark Fox
    Place of PublicationBoston
    PublisherSpringer
    Pages164-175
    Number of pages12
    ISBN (Print)978-3-642-15508-6
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2010
    EventIFIP TC5 International Conference on Enterprise Architecture, Integration and Interoperability, EAI2N 2010 - Brisbane, Australia
    Duration: 20 Sep 201023 Sep 2010

    Publication series

    NameIFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology
    PublisherSpringer
    Volume326
    ISSN (Print)1868-4238

    Conference

    ConferenceIFIP TC5 International Conference on Enterprise Architecture, Integration and Interoperability, EAI2N 2010
    Abbreviated titleEAI2N
    CountryAustralia
    CityBrisbane
    Period20/09/1023/09/10

    Keywords

    • IR-73008
    • METIS-271019
    • Definitions
    • Systematic Review
    • EWI-18389
    • Pragmatic interoperability
    • SCS-Services

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