Information Systems Frontiers

, Volume 15, Issue 5, pp 849–871 | Cite as

Ontology-based data access: An application to intermodal logistics

  • Matteo Casu
  • Giuseppe Cicala
  • Armando TacchellaEmail author


In this paper, we investigate ontology-based data access (OBDA) to build information systems whose purposes are (i) gathering data from a network of intermodal terminals, and (ii) computing performance indicators of the network. This application domain is characterized by large amounts of data and relatively simple data models, making it a natural challenge for logic-based knowledge representation and reasoning techniques. Considering relational database (RDB) technology as a yardstick, we show that careful engineering of OBDA can achieve RDB-like scalability even in demanding applications. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first study evaluating the potential of OBDA in a typical business-size application.


Knowledge representation and reasoning Ontology-based data access Monitoring and diagnosis of complex systems 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Matteo Casu
    • 1
  • Giuseppe Cicala
    • 1
  • Armando Tacchella
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Dipartimento di Informatica, Bioingegneria, Robotica e Ingegneria dei Sistemi (DIBRIS), Scuola PolitecnicaUniversità degli Studi di GenovaGenovaItaly

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