Ontology Engineering for Simulation Component Reuse

Ontology Engineering for Simulation Component Reuse

David Bell (Brunel University, UK), Navonil Mustafee (The University of Warwick, UK), Sergio de Cesare (Brunel University, UK), Simon J.E. Taylor (Brunel University, UK), Mark Lycett (Brunel University, UK) and Paul A. Fishwick (University of Florida, USA)
Copyright: © 2008 |Pages: 15
DOI: 10.4018/jeis.2008100104
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Abstract

Commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) Simulation Packages (CSP) are widely used in industry primarily due to economic factors associated with developing proprietary software platforms. Regardless of their widespread use, CSPs have yet to operate across organizational boundaries. The limited reuse of CSPs is affected by the same semantic issues that restrict the inter-organizational use of software components and Web services. The current representations of Web components are predominantly syntactic in nature lacking the fundamental semantic underpinning required to support discovery on the emerging Semantic Web. We present new research that partially alleviates the problem of limited semantic interoperability and reuse of simulation components in CSPs. Semantic models, in the form of ontologies, utilized by Web service discovery and deployment architecture provide one approach to support simulation model reuse. Although specific to CSPs this work has wider implications for the simulation community.

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