Some Applications of a Unified Foundational Ontology in Business Modeling

Some Applications of a Unified Foundational Ontology in Business Modeling

Giancarlo Guizzardi (University of Twente, The Netherlands) and Gerd Wagner (Brandenburg University of Technology, Cottbus, Germany)
Copyright: © 2005 |Pages: 23
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-339-5.ch013
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Abstract

Foundational ontologies provide the basic concepts upon which any domain-specific ontology is built. This chapter presents a new foundational ontology, UFO, and shows how it can be used as a guideline in business modeling and for evaluating business modeling methods. UFO is derived from a synthesis of two other foundational ontologies, GFO/GOL and OntoClean/DOLCE. While their main areas of application are natural sciences and linguistics/cognitive engineering, respectively, the main purpose of UFO is to provide a foundation for conceptual modeling, including business modeling.

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