Collaborative Business Ecosystems and Virtual Enterprises

Volume 85 of the series IFIP — The International Federation for Information Processing pp 201-208

Towards Ontology-Based Smart Organizations

  • Alexander MaedcheAffiliated withFZI
  • , Peter WeißAffiliated withFZI


Smart organisations are one example for business networking which ranks amongst the most important capabilities businesses will need in the information age. However, there is a serious lack of knowledge on how to set up smart organisations. This situation was the starting point for the Infranet1 project. This best-practice pilot shows us typical problems for SMEs to build up smart organisations. Thus, it intends to disseminate the lessons learned and to set up new research questions concerning virtual organizations. Based on the experiences within our best-practice pilot we propose a new framework of ontology-based smart organizations in this paper. Specific focus Is set on the application of Semantic Web technologies to enable or improve the partner fitting and matching process.