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MSEE results presented in the INTEROP-VLab Standardisation Group

Workshop held in Brussels on June 18, 2014

The goal of the I-VLab Standardisation Group, chaired by Martin Zelm, is to enhance standardisation for Enterprise Interoperability (EI). The objective of this meeting has been to present, discuss, disseminate and diffuse activities of the group. Major activities comprise new work items, partially issued from the MSEE and FLEXINET projects (not only), in the standardisation of services in EcoSystems, ontologies with potentials for standardisation  and application aspects of EI standards.

The group aims to transfer research results of I-VLab projects into EI standardisation, to disseminate standardisation work from projects with I-Vlab participation and to develop relations with Standards Development Organisations and interested industry consortia.

Presentations and summary

‘Validation of Service Modelling Language’, by David Chen (University of Bordeaux, IMS)

Language developed in the MSEE project. The modelling constructs in text, templates and graphical representation, are supported by a graphical editor of SLMToolBox which enables the transformation of models between the modelling levels. At present the constructs are validated in three scenarios at different SMEs: 1. Online customized configuration for designing of shirts, i.e. customers design their products themselves 2. Carefree Washing Machine with personalized services, machine monitoring and tailored commercial offers 3. Smart TV marketing online services. Benefits of the service modeling include a clear understanding of the business processes, overview of the system, especially for decision support and cross communication.

‘Product-service-production reference ontologies`, by Colin Piddington (Control 2K) and Bob Young (Loughborough University)

Ontologies aimed to capture enterprise knowledge, define and harmonise with clearly defined computer interpretable vocabularies. The proposed layered enterprise ontology for Production Networks is built from a common base to enable effective interoperability and flexible re-use. The FLEXINET project intends to provide product services and to support decision making, viability and configuration of innovative solutions. In a roadmap towards standardisation, the content of these ontology layers will be formalised and tested with the intent to produce a NWI in ISO TC 184/SC4.


‘Reference ontology and framework for mass customization’, by Hervé Panetto (University of Lorraine)

Approach to optimize product variety at a typical manufacturing SME. The balance is between too much product variety causing either high complexity and confusing the customer or too little variety leading to less added business value and risk of loosing competitiveness on the market. The proposed methodology includes a requirements analysis of architecture models and is proposing an ontology used to formalise the knowledge and link between customer needs and product design and manufacturing process variants.

‘Application of EI standards’ by Frank-Walter Jaekel (IPK Fraunhofer)

To identify the best suited service standard for the invocation of manufacturing IT services. The requirements have been defined using an evaluation matrix with a list of weighted attributes - performance, security, usability maintenance cost and risk. Several open standards were investigated as USDL, Linked USDL and WSDL. WSDL SOAP based showed the best results in the evaluation, it also has been recommended by the W3C Consortium.

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