Ontology-Driven Enterprise Modelling in Practice: Experiences from Industrial Cases

  • Kurt Sandkuhl
  • Alexander Smirnov
  • Nikolay Shilov
  • Hasan Koç
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing book series (LNBIP, volume 215)

Abstract

Significant progress in ontology engineering during the last decade resulted in a growing interest in using ontologies for industrial applications. This paper presents lessons learned and recommendations for ontology engineering projects with focus on industrial applications. The research is based on the analysis of a number of case studies in different industrial domains. Based on the case studies the paper presents experiences from ontology development and gives recommendations for industrial ontology construction projects. The recommendations concern (1) selection of development methods, (2) perspectives on generalisation/specialisation strategy, (3) aspects of user participation in ontology construction and (4) effects on knowledge management in organizations.

Keywords

Ontology construction Ontology engineering Experience report 

Notes

Acknowledgements

Some parts of the research presented here were done in collaboration between Festo and SPIIRAS. The research was supported partly by grants # 13-07-13159, # 13–07–12095, # 14–07–00345, # 12–07–00298, and # 12–07–00302 of the Russian Foundation for Basic Research, project 213 (program 15) of the Presidium of the Russian Academy of Sciences, and project #2.2 of the basic research program. This work was also partially supported by Government of Russian Federation, Grant 074-U01. Other parts of this work were financed by the Swedish Knowledge Foundation.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kurt Sandkuhl
    • 1
    • 3
  • Alexander Smirnov
    • 2
    • 3
  • Nikolay Shilov
    • 2
  • Hasan Koç
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Computer ScienceUniversity of RostockRostockGermany
  2. 2.St.Petersburg Institute for Informatics and Automation of the Russian Academy of SciencesSt.PetersburgRussia
  3. 3.ITMO UniversitySt. PetersburgRussia

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