Title: A framework of an ontology server for enhancing interlocking institutional worlds' integrity

Authors: Abdelrahman Abbas Ibrahim; Robert M. Colomb; Abdelgaffar Hamid Ahmed

Addresses: Information Systems Department, Faculty of Computer Science, University of Blue Nile, Ad-Damazin, Sudan ' School of IT & Electrical Engineering, The University of Queensland, Queensland, Australia ' The College of Computer Science & Information Technology, Sudan University of Science & Technology, Khartoum, Sudan

Abstract: Interlocking institutional worlds (IWs) are a collection of organisations interacting together in order to achieve some business goals. IWs need to interoperate semantically to exchange information. Ontologies are widely used to overcome the problem of interoperability and assist in simplifying interoperability between IWs' participants. Ontologies contain perdurant entities (entities that happen in time) as well as endurants (entities that exist in time). Ontology servers are information systems intended to manage ontologies. In this paper, we provide a specification of an ontology server to serve as a mechanism for binding IWs' information systems together in a specific domain and support them with agreed semantics to enhance their integrity.

Keywords: perdurant ontology; information systems interoperability; interlocking institutional worlds; ontology servers; semantics; web ontology language; ODM profile; halal food ontology; OWL-S; halal food supply chains.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMSO.2015.074746

International Journal of Metadata, Semantics and Ontologies, 2015 Vol.10 No.4, pp.219 - 228

Received: 10 Jun 2015
Accepted: 01 Nov 2015

Published online: 15 Feb 2016 *

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