Ontology Based Data Access in Statoil

Evgeny Kharlamov, Dag Hovland, Martin G. Skjæveland, Dimitris Bilidas, Ernesto Jiménez-Ruiz, Guohui Xiao, Ahmet Soylu, Davide Lanti, Martin Rezk, Dmitriy Zheleznyakov, Martin Giese, Hallstein Lie (+4 others)
2017 Journal of Web Semantics  
Ontology Based Data Access (OBDA) is a prominent approach to query databases which uses an ontology to expose data in a conceptually clear manner by abstracting away from the technical schema-level details of the underlying data. The ontology is 'connected' to the data via mappings that allow to automatically translate queries posed over the ontology into data-level queries that can be executed by the underlying database management system. Despite a lot of attention from the research community,
more » ... there are still few instances of real world industrial use of OBDA systems. In this work we present data access challenges in the data-intensive petroleum company Statoil and our experience in addressing these challenges with OBDA technology. In particular, we have developed a deployment module to create ontologies and mappings from relational databases in a semi-automatic fashion; a query processing module to perform and optimise the process of translating ontological queries into data queries and their execution over either a single DB of federated DBs; and a query formulation module to support query construction for engineers with a limited IT background. Our modules have been integrated in one OBDA system, deployed at Statoil, integrated with Statoil's infrastructure, and evaluated with Statoil's engineers and data.
doi:10.1016/j.websem.2017.05.005 fatcat:ghpdmsaoizc6bgly4cuyxljvq4