Use of Semantic Mediation in Manufacturing Supply Chains

Peter Denno (National Institute of Standards and Technology, USA), Edward J. Barkmeyer (National Institute of Standards and Technology, USA), and Fabian Neuhaus (National Institute of Standards and Technology, USA)
Copyright: © 2010 |Pages: 63
EISBN13: 9781616921811|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-894-9.ch003
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This chapter discusses lessons learned about enabling interoperability using semantic methods in three automotive industry projects spanning 8 years. In these projects the authors attempt to automate systems integration tasks typically performed manually. The essential form of the solution is to define ontologies of (1) the joint action of the required business process, (2) business domain objects from the viewpoints of the components playing roles in the process, and (3) the engineered interfaces through which the interaction occurs. The authors then use these ontologies, in semi-automated processes, to generate mediators that translate message content to the form required by message recipients. They discuss briefly how these methods suggest the need for a more methodical and rigorous systems engineering practice and semantically richer, computationally accessible exchange and interface standards.
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