We are delighted to see this edited book as the result of our intensive work
over the past year. We succeeded in attracting high quality submissions of which
we could only include 19 papers in this edited book. The present text aims at
helping the reader whether researcher or practitioner to grasp the basic concept
of reusability which is very essential in this rapidly growing information era. The
authors emphasize the need for reusability and how it could be adapted in the right
way. Actually reusability leads to satisfy a multiobjective optimization process, that
is, to minimize the time, cost and effort spent to develop new products, technologies,
information repositories, etc. Instead of always starting from scratch and reinventing
the wheel in a process that consumes and wastes time, effort, and resources,
practitioners and developers should always look into the possibility of reusing some
of the existing entities to produce new ones. In other words, reuse and integration
are essential concepts that must be enforced to avoid duplicating the effort. This
problem is investigated from different perspectives. In organizations, high volumes
of data from different sources form a big threat for filtering out the information for
effective decision making. To address all these vital and serious concerns, this book
covers the most recent advances in information reuse and integration. It contains
high quality research papers written by experts in the field. Some of them are
extended versions of the best papers which were presented at IEEE International
Conference on Information Reuse and Integration, which was held in Las Vegas in
The present text aims at helping the reader to maximize the reuse of information. Topics covered include tools and services for creating simple, rich, and reusable knowledge representations to explore strategies for integrating this knowledge into legacy systems. The reuse and integration are essential concepts that must be enforced to avoid duplicating the effort and reinventing the wheel each time in the same field. This problem is investigated from different perspectives. in organizations, high volumes of data from different sources form a big threat for filtering out the information for effective decision making. the reader will be informed of the most recent advances in information reuse and integration.
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