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Using an Informal Ontology in the Development of a Planning and Control System — the Case of the Virtual Enterprise

  • António Lucas Soares
  • Jorge Pinho de Sousa
  • Américo Lopes Azevedo
  • João Augusto Bastos
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Abstract

This paper describes a preliminary experience in trying to improve the communication and to reach language agreements in the context of a large R&D trans-national project, comprising partners with different academic and industrial cultures. This kind of projects has difficulties in that, besides cultural and language problems, the project teams undertake work largely by themselves, with reduced interaction with each other. The use of ontologies has a great potential in reducing those problems. Within this research work our goal is to extend the communication role of an ontology towards the mediation of the development actors “world views”. In doing so, we intend to improve the engineering of an intrinsically complex software system, particularly in the requirements identification, system specification and system design phases, overcoming some of the referred difficulties. It is presented an extract of the Virtual Enterprise ontology currently under construction, focusing in some core definitions relevant for the purpose of developing a distributed planning and control software system. An example concerning the development of such a system is described in order to demonstrate the usefulness of the ontology based systems development.

Keywords

Information systems development ontologies planning and control virtual enterprise 

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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • António Lucas Soares
    • 1
  • Jorge Pinho de Sousa
    • 1
  • Américo Lopes Azevedo
    • 1
  • João Augusto Bastos
    • 1
  1. 1.INESC / Manufacturing Systems Engineering UnitPortoPortugal

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