Ontology-based process mediation in the European project BRITE
Service-oriented architectures (SOA) are recent architectures enabling interoperable machine-to-machine process interaction by generating a comprehensive view of independent software systems. However, when designing SOA-based process landscapes there are several problems that remain unsolved e.g. controllability, lifecycle-and change-management and cross-organisational usage of services. This paper elaborates the usage of a process ontology within the context of the integrated European project
... RITE (Business Register Interoperability throughout Europe). The main objective of BRITE is to form a flexible business registration system within the European Union. In an enlarged EU the Business Registers (BRs) need to interact across borders in a seamless and coherent way and thereby BRs have to dissolve administrative, technical, cultural and language barriers. The vision is that each BR is able to exchange and interpret company registration information coming from BRs of other countries electronically. Therefore a shared understanding and a modern, joined-up ICT system is needed which integrates the operational processes and systems of the participating BRs. In BRITE ontologies are seen as a key technology to solve those interoperability problems and they are used for several application areas such as process management, data modelling, domain description as well as monitoring and event control. The paper at hand in particular shows the composition of the BRITE process ontology, its functionalities and how it relates other BRITE components.