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Re: Ontologies with standard behavior of an information domain

From: <huma@mail.uni-paderborn.de>
Date: Thu, 29 May 2008 15:00:24 +0200
Message-ID: <20080529150024.9hoj4u1sg880kw0s@webmail.uni-paderborn.de>
To: Alan Ruttenberg <alanruttenberg@gmail.com>
Cc: Zille Huma <zille.huma@upb.de>, semantic-web@w3.org

Thanks a lot Alan for the detailed response.

I agree on the point that it is more in relation to what do you want  
to capture in ontology and how should it be used later on.
I will surely look into the works that you have suggested. As far as  
my particular interest is concerned, i am actually working on  
business-IT alignment meaning thereby that business requirements can  
be aligned with IT services on the basis of underlying ontology.  
Shortly explained, it means that the web services provided by the IT  
domain have certain interface description. But so far the WSDL  
interface description provided does not satisfy the semantic  
requirements. So to describe the services semantically, we need to  
define some semantic description standard, e.g., visual contracts of  
web services with pre and post condition of service methods. Now my  
idea is to derive this semantic description on the basis of the  
underlying business ontology  that may also contain standard behavior  
description which can help deriving the semantic interface description  
of the service.

Now in this case, the ontology with standard behavior that i design  
might be merged with other ontologies when i have to extend the work  
to match and merge two different ontologies as a result of merger of  
two businesses. Similarly, as the service interface description has to  
correspond to the underlying ontology therefore the ontology needs to  
be consistent somehow. I still am not sure right now about how to  
proceed as i have just started to think in this direction. I would  
really appreciate if you would be able to give me some pointers in  
this direction as your experience in ontology work can help me a great  

thanks once again.
Received on Friday, 30 May 2008 09:25:44 UTC

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