Curriculum - Interoperability

editor: Davor Orlič, Knowledge 4 All Foundation Ltd.
editor: Mitja Jermol, Centre for knowledge transfer in IT, Jožef Stefan Institute
published: Feb. 13, 2009,  

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Dissemination of courses on Interoperability


Currently, in the e-learning platform, there are 24 tutorials developed, 21 tutorials more are coming in next months. They belong to four different domains related to interoperability.


Enterprise Modelling, Unified Enterprise Modelling Language, Business Process, Global Modelling, Business Process Modelling Language, Semantic Web, Ontologies, Ontology Tools, Ontology Interoperability.


One of the objectives of this tutorial is to increase awareness on Interoperability, to keep you informed on the research results developed within the consortium but also to share knowledge on interoperability directed to internal partners (INTEROP researchers and PhD students) and external stakeholders (enterprises or professionals) by means tutorials and web courses.


• Enterprise Modelling: 8 tutorials developed.

There have been substantial advances in the development of a viable approach to mapping between models in different enterprise modelling languages. A good foundation has been established for future development. It was noted that the work had some parallels with work in the OMG on transformations between models based on the MetaObject Facility (MOF).

• Ontologies: 7 tutorials developed.

The aim of this domain is to explore the potential of ontology-based techniques to tackle the problem of interoperability and to investigate how such techniques can be joined together with the other two fundamental perspectives addressed in INTEROP, enterprise modelling, and architectures and enabling technologies.

• Architectures & Platforms: 5 tutorials developed. The goal of this domain is to focus on research coordination in the area of Architecture & Platforms and to continuously update the state-of-the-art, but not to perform any research activities directly.

• Interoperability: 4 tutorials developed. This domain aims at capturing scientific interoperability knowledge developed by other Joint Research work packages and task groups with the objective of constructing a basic knowledge corpus to establish the interoperability domain as a scientific discipline. This is an important objective for the INTEROP NoE and essential for the establishment of the VLab. The domain is also responsible for the identification of interoperability best practices and solutions, and the derivation of design patterns and principles for interoperability. The two aspects of the domain are rather different in nature and it will be important to ensure that both are appropriately resourced and managed.

This domain is also invited to address some basic questions underlying the whole enterprise interoperability research field. At present, various large European research projects on enterprise interoperability are conducting valuable research. However, these projects do not always question themselves how they can really advance enterprise interoperability, or whether that should even be the true purpose. Some fundamental questions remain unanswered.

In addition, the European enterprise interoperability research domain and INTEROP in particular has been divided since long in three related areas: enterprise modelling, ontologies, and architectures and platforms. Any division of the playing field is welcome, but a true division should not be based on what are perceived as means to achieve or support interoperability, but rather on fundamental types of interoperability.

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