Semantic Integration of Business Applications across Collaborative Value Networks

  • Athanasios Bouras
  • Panagiotis Gouvas
  • Dimitrios Kourtesis
  • Gregoris Mentzas
Part of the IFIP — The International Federation for Information Processing book series (IFIPAICT, volume 243)


If we try to increase the level of automation in Business-to-Business (B2B) Enterprise Application Integration (EAI) scenarios, we confront challenges related to the resolution of data heterogeneities, service discovery and process composition. In this paper, we propose the Enterprise Interoperability Ontology (ENIO) that provides a shared, common understanding of data, services and processes within B2B integration scenarios. ENIO consists of an Upper Enterprise Interoperability Ontology (Upper ENIO), which is based on the DOLCE-SUMO alignment, with extensions called facets that cover several dimensions of the EAI domain. Each facet contains a relative meta-model that utilizes widely adopted standards. Finally, we demonstrate the utilization of ENIO in a real-world B2B scenario across a franchisor-franchisees collaborative value network.


Business Process Service Discovery Collaborative Network Loyalty Scheme Virtual Enterprise 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Athanasios Bouras
    • 1
  • Panagiotis Gouvas
    • 1
  • Dimitrios Kourtesis
    • 2
  • Gregoris Mentzas
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Communication and Computer SystemsNational Technical University of AthensZografou, AthensGreece
  2. 2.SEERC - South East European Research CentreA Research Centre of the University of Sheffield and CITY Liberal StudiesThessalonikiGreece

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