COLLABORATION ACROSS THE ENTERPRISE - An Ontology-based Approach for Enterprise Interoperability

Aggelos Liapis, Stijn Christiaens, Pieter De Leenheer, Robert Meersman



In the current competitive industrial context, enterprises must react swiftly to market changes. In order to face this problem, enterprises must increase their collaborative activities. This implies at one hand high communication between their information systems and at the other hand the compatibility of their practices. An important amount of work must be performed towards proper practices of standardization and harmonization. This is the concept of Interoperability. Interoperability of enterprises is a strategic issue, caused as well as enabled by the continuously growing ability of integration of new legacy and evolving systems, in particular in the context of networked organisations. of the reconciliation of the communicated business semantics is crucial to success. For this, non-disruptive re-use of existing business data stored in “legacy” production information systems is an evident prerequisite. In addition the integration of a methodology as well as the scalability of any proposed semantic technological solution are equally evident prerequisites. Yet on all accounts current semantic technologies as researched and developed for the so-called Semantic Web may be found lacking. In this paper we present a methodology, which has resulted in the implementation of a highly customizable collaborative environment focussed to support ontology-based enterprise interoperability. The main benefit of this environment is its ability to integrate with legacy systems, rescuing enterprises from having to adapt or upgrade their existing systems in order to interoperate with their partners.


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Liapis A., Christiaens S., De Leenheer P. and Meersman R. (2008). COLLABORATION ACROSS THE ENTERPRISE - An Ontology-based Approach for Enterprise Interoperability . In Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems - Volume 4: ICEIS, ISBN 978-989-8111-39-5, pages 255-262. DOI: 10.5220/0001718702550262

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author={Aggelos Liapis and Stijn Christiaens and Pieter De Leenheer and Robert Meersman},
title={COLLABORATION ACROSS THE ENTERPRISE - An Ontology-based Approach for Enterprise Interoperability},
booktitle={Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems - Volume 4: ICEIS,},

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JO - Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems - Volume 4: ICEIS,
TI - COLLABORATION ACROSS THE ENTERPRISE - An Ontology-based Approach for Enterprise Interoperability
SN - 978-989-8111-39-5
AU - Liapis A.
AU - Christiaens S.
AU - De Leenheer P.
AU - Meersman R.
PY - 2008
SP - 255
EP - 262
DO - 10.5220/0001718702550262