Realizing an RDF-Based Information Model for a Manufacturing Company – A Case Study

  • Niklas PetersenEmail author
  • Lavdim Halilaj
  • Irlán Grangel-González
  • Steffen Lohmann
  • Christoph Lange
  • Sören Auer
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10588)


The digitization of the industry requires information models describing assets and information sources of companies to enable the semantic integration and interoperable exchange of data. We report on a case study in which we realized such an information model for a global manufacturing company using semantic technologies. The information model is centered around machine data and describes all relevant assets, key terms and relations in a structured way, making use of existing as well as newly developed RDF vocabularies. In addition, it comprises numerous RML mappings that link different data sources required for integrated data access and querying via SPARQL. The technical infrastructure and methodology used to develop and maintain the information model is based on a Git repository and utilizes the development environment VoCol as well as the Ontop framework for Ontology Based Data Access. Two use cases demonstrate the benefits and opportunities provided by the information model. We evaluated the approach with stakeholders and report on lessons learned from the case study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Niklas Petersen
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Lavdim Halilaj
    • 1
    • 2
  • Irlán Grangel-González
    • 1
    • 2
  • Steffen Lohmann
    • 2
  • Christoph Lange
    • 1
    • 2
  • Sören Auer
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.Enterprise Information Systems (EIS)University of BonnBonnGermany
  2. 2.Fraunhofer Institute for Intelligent Analysis and Information Systems (IAIS)Sankt AugustinGermany
  3. 3.Computer ScienceLeibniz University of HannoverHanoverGermany
  4. 4.TIB Leibniz Information Center for Science and TechnologyHannoverGermany

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