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Developing a Conceptual Domain Model
Friday, 11 November 2011 00:00

Developing a Conceptual Domain Model: A Business-oriented tutorial

European Space Research and Technology Centre
                  ESTEC room FJ119 ‐ November 10th, 2011
                                 Keplerlaan 1
                         2200 AG Noordwijk
                          The Netherlands


ONTORULE aims to integrate all the required pieces of knowledge and technology, including some that will need be researched and developed within the project, to allow exactly that: the acquisition of ontologies and rules from the most appropriate sources, including natural language documents; their separate management and maintenance; and their transparent operationalisation in IT applications.

The speakers of this tutorial presented the conceptual architecture, partly further developed in ONTORULE, by integrating processes, data, rules, communication, semantics and semantic transactions in one integrated conceptual architecture (using a fact-based formalism). They also described how this architecture can be used in a federated way, integrating various information sources developed independently (e.g. using relational, UML, OWL, XSD). This integrated ONTORULE architecture was compared to the OMG MDA, the ANSI-SPARC Conceptual-Logical-Physical architecture and the ECSS-E-TM-10-23A Space System Data Repository concept.

Agenda

  • 09:00 - 09:15 Opening
  • 09:15 - 10:00 ONTORULE high level introduction
  • 10:00 - 10:15 Coffee break
  • 10:15 - 11:30 The Conceptual ONTORULE architecture: complete integration of processes, data, rules, communication, semantics and semantic transaction - modeling at conceptual, Logical and Physical levels.
  • 11:30 - 12:45 Lunch
  • 13:00 - 14:15 Modeling at the Conceptual level and model bridging relationships. The development of the OMG RFP for a new standard SIMF (Semantic Information Modeling for Federation): how does it further the aims of ECSS-E-TM-10- 23A?
  • 14:15 - 15:15 Break
  • 15:15 - 16:30 An illustration of Conceptual Domain Modeling and Model Bridging Relationships.
  • 16:30 - 17:30 Discussion (ESA FAMOUS project, OMG SIMF proposal, toward a solution for ECSS-E-TM-10-23, ...)

Topics

  • Which problems are solved by a Semantic Transaction that are not solved with XML and XSD?
  • How to use logic and natural language in conceptual modeling?
  • How to involve the subject matter expert in effective validation of the conceptual model?
  • How to transform a Conceptual Domain Model into logical models like relational, UML and OWL?
  • Why do we need Model Bridging Relationships?
  • Which are the advantages of Conceptual Domain Models?
  • How much money can be saved?
  • How can the quality of the resulting software be increased?
  • What kind of investment is needed?
  • Why did it take so long for Conceptual Domain Models to arrive in the mainstream?
  • How does Conceptual Domain Modeling relate to important movements in the standards arena?


The slides of the event can be downloaded here.

 
CASCON 2011

ONTORULE: From Business Knowledge to Ontology- and Rules-based Applications

The workshop will present results from the ONTORULE project that show the benefits of integrating semantic technologies along the whole production chain, from knowledge acquisition to knowledge management to business application. The goal of this workshop is not only to present the project vision and to show case its results: the intent is to give the community of business users and IT practitioners a first hand understanding and experience of the technology used by the ONTORULE Project, by means of applied and hands-on exercises.


Why should I attend?

Join us if you want to:

  • understand the limitations of the current solutions and familiarise yourself with new generation standards for business applications.
  • discover how business applications will be like in the future.
  • have the opportunity to put your hands on state-of-the-art technologies for business knowledge capture, management and execution.
  • learn about the ONTORULE project.


Workshop structure and agenda

UPDATE (December 2011): the slides used at the workshop have been published.

The workshop is planned to last 3,5 hours and it starts with an introduction to the ONTORULE project, the problem it addresses, the driving vision, and an overview of the ONTORULE platform. ONTORULE relies heavily on open standards knowledge modelling and knowledge interchange. The workshop includes a short introduction to some of them, namely: OMG semantics of business vocabulary and business rules (SBVR), W3C Web ontology language (OWL), W3C rule interchange format (RIF) and the work in progress on OMG Decision Model and Notation (DMN).

The second part of the workshop consists in tutorials and hands-on labs dedicated to the various technologies involved, among others:

  • NLP-assisted ontology acquisition from textual sources
  • NLP-assisted rule acquisition from textual sources
  • Rule and ontology annotation, indexation and documentation
  • Authoring and maintenance of rules grounded in ontologies
  • Coupling rule and ontology reasoning
Time Session Presenter
8:30 Welcome, introduction to the ONTORULE project C. de Sainte Marie (IBM)
9:10 The ONTORULE standard-based architecture D. Berrueta (CTIC)
9:30 Hands-on lab: acquiring ontology and rules from text N. Omrane (Univ. Paris 13)
10:30 Coffee break
11:00 Hands-on lab: Authoring and executing business rules grounded in ontology C. de Sainte Marie (IBM)
12:00 Hands-on lab: annotating and indexing ontologies and rules E. Rubiera (CTIC)

Venue

The workshop is colocated with CASCON 2011, the 21st Annual International Conference hosted by the Centre for Advanced Studies Research, IBM Canada Software Laboratory. It will take place from on November 7th 2011 at 8:30 AM at the Hilton Suites Toronto/ Markham Conference Center & Spa located at 8500 Warden.

Workshop chairs

Emilio Rubiera
Christian de Sainte Marie

 
ONTORULE tutorial at RR2011
Friday, 26 August 2011 08:54

The ONTORULE Project: Where Ontology Meets Business Rules

A tutorial collocated with the Fifth International Conference on Web Reasoning and Rule Systems (RR2011) taken place in Galway, Ireland.

Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2011

9:00am to 12:30pm

Abstract

The objective of ONTORULE is to enable users, from business executives over business analysts to IT developers, to interact in their own way with the part of a business application that is relevant to them. This tutorial will introduce the approach the ONTORULE project proposes to business rule application development, and demonstrate developed technologies in two pilot applications.

Presenters

The slides are available for download.

About RR2011

The International Conference on Web Reasoning and Rule Systems (RR) is a major forum for discussion and dissemination of new results concerning Web Reasoning and Rule Systems. RR 2011 builds on the success of the four previous International Conferences on Web Reasoning and Rule Systems, held in Innsbruck, Austria (2007), Karlsruhe, Germany (2008), and Chantilly, Virginia, USA(2009), Bressanone/Brixen, Italy (2010), and which received enthusiastic support from the Web Reasoning community. In 2011, RR will continue the excellence of the new series and aim to attract the best WebReasoning and Rules researchers from all over the world.

 
Monday, 18 April 2011 07:50

DOBA 2011

International workshop on Decision-oriented Business Applications: Experiences and Challenges

(workshop co-located with the 13th The IEEE Conference on Commerce and Enterprise Computing (CEC'11), Luxembourg, September 5-7, 2011)

 

CANCELLED. Due to the number of submissions, this event has been cancelled. Apologies for any inconvenience.

 

Description of the Workshop

Decision-oriented applications are complex due to the underlying business policies and require the participation of many stakeholders, from business experts over analysts to IT developers. In current practice, business users do not own their applications, as their construction and maintenance inevitably require having other agents involved. In the recent years, progress has been made in standardization of modeling and knowledge representation languages, as well as advances in methodologies and theoretical foundations for policy acquisition and execution. It is becoming increasingly feasible to reduce the coupling between policies and their implementations, and to empower users to independently interact with the part of a business application that is relevant to them, including the decision modeling process. One approach towards achieving this objective is to separate understandably the representation of the knowledge at the business, operational and execution levels, on the one hand; and the business vocabulary from the business rules, on the other. At the same time, it must be possible to merge them at any moment in order to provide integrated ownership, combined execution and consistency checking.

The goal of this workshop is to gather together the community of business users in charge of decision-support business applications. The workshop will be a means for practitioners to share and exchange experiences, best practices, critical visions, success stories, and to define a possible roadmap to the future.

 

Topics of interest

Lessons learnt in business modeling using business languages
From models to solutions: transforming business specifications into rule-based software
Acquisition of business policies from text: NLP in action
Integrated management and maintenance of business models, ontologies and rules
Decision-modeling to bridge the gap between business requirements and implementations
Experiences in efficiency and scalability of BRMS and reasoners
Best practices for consistency maintenance of ontologies and rules over time
End-to-end coherence: traceability and change propagation
BRMS tools interoperability: standards and open challenges
Giving ownership of business applications back to business users
Appropriate languages for business knowledge reuse and adaptability
Usability in decision-support business applications
Model documentation: understanding business policies
Experiences in cost reduction and improved time to market using ontologies and rules combinations
Use cases for state-of-the-art decision-support systems: actual requirements and expected benefits
  • Lessons learnt in business modeling using business languages
  • From models to solutions: transforming business specifications into rule-based software
  • Acquisition of business policies from text: NLP in action
  • Integrated management and maintenance of business models, ontologies and rules
  • Decision-modeling to bridge the gap between business requirements and implementations
  • Experiences in efficiency and scalability of BRMS and reasoners
  • Best practices for consistency maintenance of ontologies and rules over time
  • End-to-end coherence: traceability and change propagation
  • BRMS tools interoperability: standards and open challenges
  • Giving ownership of business applications back to business users
  • Appropriate languages for business knowledge reuse and adaptability
  • Usability in decision-support business applications
  • Model documentation: understanding business policies
  • Experiences in cost reduction and improved time to market using ontologies and rules combinations
  • Use cases for state-of-the-art decision-support systems: actual requirements and expected benefits

 

Submissions

We are inviting the submission of full papers (up to 8 pages), position papers (up to 5) and posters (both 2-page extended abstracts or final posters) focusing on the aforementioned or related topics and representing original research. Please follow the IEEE Computer Society Press Proceedings Author Guidelines to prepare your papers with 8.5'' x 11'', two-column format. All submissions will be critically reviewed by at least two members of the program committee. For paper submission we use the EasyChair conference management system.

Important Dates

  • Submission deadline: Jun 24, 2011 Jul 4, 2011
  • Notification of acceptance: Jul 11, 2011
  • Camera-ready paper submission: Jul 25, 2011
  • Workshop: September 5, 2011 (cancelled)

Organizing Committee

  • Patrick Albert, IBM, France
  • Roman Korf, ontoprise, Germany
  • Emilio Rubiera, Fundación CTIC, Spain

Program Committee

  • Diego Berrueta, Fundación CTIC, Spain
  • Christian De Sainte Marie, IBM, France
  • Adil El Ghali, IBM, France
  • Jeroen Hoppenbrouwers, PNA, The Netherlands
  • Miguel Iglesias, ArcelorMittal, Spain
  • Eva Maria Kiss, ontoprise, Germany
  • Luis Polo, Fundación CTIC, Spain
  • Peter Rosina, Audi, Germany

Venue

The workshop is colocated with the 13th The IEEE Conference on Commerce and Enterprise Computing (CEC'11), and will take place at Luxembourg on September 5-7, 2011.

 

Registration

Participants of the workshop may register to the main conference without any additional fee for attending the workshop track.

 

 

 

 

 

 
Ontorule at CASCON 2010
Tuesday, 02 November 2010 17:22

The ONTORULE project is to be presented in the 2nd workshop on Practical Ontologies at CASCON 2010. This conference, hosted by the Centre for Advanced Studies Research, IBM Canada Software Laboratory, celebrates this year its 20th anniversary. CASCON is a forum for exchanging ideas and experiences in the ever-expanding and critical fields of software engineering and computing. The audience includes over 1200 researchers and practitioners from academia, industry, and government.

The presentation will be conducted by Dr. Hassan Aït-Kaci, and will take place on Wednesday 3 November, at 11:15am local time.

 
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