Semantic Interoperability in the BRITE Project: Ontologies as a Tool for Collaboration, Cooperation and Knowledge Management

Timo Herborn, Ansgar Mondorf, Babak Mougouie, Maria A. Wimmer

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Ontologies have been investigated for a while and are be- ing studied as an instrument to enable cross-organizational semantic interoperability. The project BRITE (Business Register Interoperabil- ity Throughout Europe) aims at exploring ontologies as an instrument to effectively enable European Business Registers (BRs) to respond to changes imposed on them by European Union laws and new market re- quirements. In BRITE, ontologies are seen as a key instrument and tech- nology to dissolve administrative, technical, cultural and lingual barriers of BRs on one hand, and as means to provide semantic interoperabil- ity on the other hand. The paper shows various ontology components of BRITE. It defines the inter-relation among these components and fo- cuses on the domain ontology functionalities. We conclude with a critical reflection and valuable lessons learnt.

Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz
German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence