Date: 13 Sep 2002

Ontological Commitment for Participative Simulation

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Abstract

This paper analyses the role of ontological commitment in structuring the requirements for the PSIM Environment. This environment aims to support (i) the sharing and the exchange of knowledge between the different actors involved in the design or redesign of a manufacturing enterprise; and (ii) the exchange of information between tools supporting enterprise analysis according to different perspectives (logistic, technologic and human). The techniques for piecemeal ontological commitment are related to two contributions from research on enterprise reference architectures: (i) the dimension of genericity of the ENV 40003 reference architecture and (ii) the relationships between lifecycles of enterprise entities as defined in GERAM. Two kinds of applications illustrate the ontological commitments: support for the interoperation and communication between applications; and the provision of task-specific interfaces to users working in an enterprise.