A Framework to Support Interoperability among Semantic Resources
Interoperability of Enterprise Software and Applications
This paper presents the framework to support the interoperability among Semantic Resources 1 (SRs) proposed by the FUNSIEC project. FUNSIEC aims at studying the feasibility of building and maintaining an Open Semantic Infrastructure for the European Construction Sector (OSIECS). FUNSIEC adopted a layered approach where the SRs are mapped at the metaschema and schema levels. This process produces the respective OSIECS metaschema and schema, which support the design of the OSIECS kernel -the
... of the OSIECS infrastructure. This paper presents and discusses the elements involved in FUNSIEC's work (e.g. framework, architecture, methodology). Some conclusions and future work complete the paper. Construction Sector (OSIECS), intended mainly to support the e-business needs of Construction. FUNSIEC targets the current situation where standards (both official and de facto), classification systems, taxonomies, ontologies, and related technologies and tools are used in a complementary or even in a completely isolated way to produce the "desirable but feasible" framework where the previously described elements can be combined in an inter-related and holistic fashion. OSIECS has been created with the SRs currently available that support e-business practices. Following the recommendation provided by the CEN/ISSS eConstruction Workshop  the SRs were selected and the most relevant have been mapped among themselves at meta-schema and schema levels respectively. This mapping is expected to produce OSIECS meta-schema and schema. This paper focuses on the development of OSIECS, describing the FUNSIEC approach to achieving the goal. The document is structured as follows: section 2 describes the context in which the work is carried out; section 3 presents the FUNSIEC approach to develop OSIECS; section 4 discusses the architecture of the OSIECS kernel; section 5 concludes the paper and points out what is next in FUNSIEC.