ENTERPRISE ONTOLOGY MANAGEMENT - An Approach based on Information Architecture

Leonardo Azevedo, Sean Siqueira, Fernanda Araujo Baião, Jairo Souza, Mauro Lopes, Claudia Cappelli, Flavia Maria Santoro



Ontologies have gained popularity, but its promises of being a key point to the solution of real-world problems and mitigating interoperability problems at a large scale have not yet been accomplished. Ontology management is at the kernel of this evolution, and there is a lack of adequate strategies and mechanisms for handling it in such a way to contribute to a better alignment between business and IT. This work proposes an approach for enterprise ontology management as part of an Information Architecture initiative. This approach provides a more complete foundation of the ontology lifecycle while guiding the enterprise in this management, by defining a set of processes, roles and competencies required for ontology management. It was applied to a big enterprise in Brazil at the Data Integration department.


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Paper Citation

in Harvard Style

Azevedo L., Siqueira S., Araujo Baião F., Souza J., Lopes M., Cappelli C. and Maria Santoro F. (2009). ENTERPRISE ONTOLOGY MANAGEMENT - An Approach based on Information Architecture . In Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems - Volume 3: ICEIS, ISBN 978-989-8111-86-9, pages 243-248. DOI: 10.5220/0002009802430248

in Bibtex Style

author={Leonardo Azevedo and Sean Siqueira and Fernanda Araujo Baião and Jairo Souza and Mauro Lopes and Claudia Cappelli and Flavia Maria Santoro},
title={ENTERPRISE ONTOLOGY MANAGEMENT - An Approach based on Information Architecture},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems - Volume 3: ICEIS,},

in EndNote Style

JO - Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems - Volume 3: ICEIS,
TI - ENTERPRISE ONTOLOGY MANAGEMENT - An Approach based on Information Architecture
SN - 978-989-8111-86-9
AU - Azevedo L.
AU - Siqueira S.
AU - Araujo Baião F.
AU - Souza J.
AU - Lopes M.
AU - Cappelli C.
AU - Maria Santoro F.
PY - 2009
SP - 243
EP - 248
DO - 10.5220/0002009802430248