A Synthesis of State of the Art Enterprise Ontologies:

Work in Progress

This paper presents a report on work in progress of a Synthesis of (selected) State of the Art Enterprise Ontologies (SSAEO) – which aims to produce a Base Enterprise Ontology to be used as the foundation for the construction of a Core Enterprise Ontology (CEO). The synthesis is intended to harvest the insights from the selected ontologies, building upon their strengths and eliminating – as far as possible – their weaknesses. One of the main achievements of this work is the development of the notion of a person (entities that can acquire rights and obligations) enabling the integration of a number of lower level concepts. In addition, we have already been able to identify some of the common ‘mistakes’ in current enterprise ontologies – and propose solutions.


OES-SEO 2001, International Workshop on Open Enterprise Solutions: Systems, Experiences, and Organizations, 14-15 September 2001, Rome, Italy


Chris Partridge (BORO Solutions)
Milena Stefanova (LOA, Italy)