Title: Leveraging peer-to-peer and ontologies for the extended enterprise

Authors: Giuseppe Pirro, Massimo Ruffolo, Domenico Talia

Addresses: DEIS, University of Calabria, 87036 Rende (CS), Italy. ' Istituto di Calcolo e Reti ad Alte Prestazioni (ICAR-CNR), EXEURA S.r.l, 87036 Rende (CS), Italy. ' DEIS, University of Calabria, EXEURA S.r.l, Rende (CS), Italy

Abstract: In recent years, organisations are blurring their boundaries interacting with other organisations. This process fostered new business paradigms and organisational forms that transcend the previous static and closed competitive models and move to flexible and collaborative ways of working. Examples of new models are the extended enterprise (EE) and virtual enterprise (VE). For promoting those new organisational models are required adequate technologies enabling collaboration, integration and exchanging of information across heterogeneous and distributed sources. Moreover, in such environments, another important aspect to deal with is related to the |quality| of information and knowledge exchanged. For fulfilling those requirements, we argue that a peer-to-peer (P2P) architecture implementing the |virtual office| paradigm combined with adequate semantic supports can be an effective solution. This paper presents K-link+, a P2P system implemented in JXTA based on the concepts of |community of business|, |virtual office| and |ontologies|.

Keywords: extended enterprise; virtual enterprise; distributed knowledge management; peer-to-peer networks; P2P networks; virtual office; ontology; community of business; CoB; collaboration; integration; information exchange; information quality.

DOI: 10.1504/IJBPIM.2008.024979

International Journal of Business Process Integration and Management, 2008 Vol.3 No.4, pp.223 - 229

Published online: 06 May 2009 *

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