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Intended meaning. In computing, semantics is the assumed or explicit set of understandings used in a system to give meaning to data. One of the biggest challenges when integrating separate computer systems and applications is to correctly match up the intended meanings within each system. Simple metadata classifications such as 'price' or 'location' may have wildly different meanings in each system, while apparently different terms, such as 'client' and 'patient' may turn out to be effectively equivalent.

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