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Business Semantic Thesaurus

LinguMatic - Solving Next Generation Semantic Information Integration

Business Semantic Thesaurus
Introduction

Today's business systems face accelerating demands for information that is more accurate, more accessible and enables delivery of critical business values across mobile, cloud and analytic environments. Added to this are the challenges of multilingual support not just for international exchanges but for service delivery to diverse communities in metropolitan centers, trade hubs and tourist destinations.

Then public safety and counter terrorism drives the need for international collaboration and ability to analyze information from multiple sources effectively.

Traditional methods using harmonization of vocabularies simply cannot provide the needed speed and adaptability. The approach developed by Illumonus LLC is centered around a Business Semantic Thesaurus (BST) coupled with direct linkages to collections of Business Component Dictionaries drawn from physical industry exchange vocabularies. All this is underpinned using open source and open public standards based software. The Illumonus business-centric approach is been implemented by the Japanese government “IMI” (pronounced Immee) initiative that is adopting the concepts as the foundation for Japan's open information architecture.

Understanding Semantic Integration
The Illumonus approach combines two core concepts. The first component is LinguMatic™, Illumonus’ online Business Semantic Thesaurus for use by designers, implementers and users of information systems in a manner which will allow systems development to move from a closed to an open multilingual environment. The second isthe proven Content Assembly Mechanism CAM Editor toolkit for physical systems integration.

The vision behind the LinguMatic™ is to use neutral everyday language in naming and defining of the most commonly shared digital business concepts. By linking them to the domain specific systems, users can see the differences not only in the naming and definitions, but also in the structuring, amongst the various domain specific systems. Then they can accurately select delivery components for use with the CAM Editor toolkit to actually assemble, document and deliver integration solutions. 

The LinguMatic™ business-centric approach is a tool to be used by business end users, developers, implementers, application and designers business application systems. Is not envisioned as a new standardized data element directory/libraries and/or data concept repository. 

LinguMatic™ is a tool that addresses the semantic differences amongst the various industry and/or governmental domain solutions as well as public and private sector implementations. It is not a fit-for-all semantic solution that requires each Organization’s members to change their current implementations.

The Illumonus approach is addressing the issue of Business Semantic Interoperability using the concept of Bridges that provide the means to cross-reference or map between equivalent semantic concepts in two or more domain specific directories/libraries. By using a unique concept defined as the pivot, the bridge allows linkage from one domain specific entry in a directory/library to its equivalent in another directory/library. A bridge is not a direct link between two different directories/libraries. A Bridge is a means to show how a Concept (or Top Term) has been represented in a given directory/library for interchange purposes. Further, the unique concept is defined in a natural and neutral way using everyday language, instead of trying to redefine the technical definitions that vary amongst the various domain specific directories/libraries. These definitions will also be available in many languages addressing the international need of the many non-English users.

The LinguMatic™ approach addresses the critical issue of exchanged information being interpreted differently and provides software solutions to deliver the business value that this enables.

Delivering Business Values

The Illumonus approach is to serve the user community to aid with the establishing of business semantic interoperability. It is not intended to be an academic exercise with a set of paper documents to be filed away. It is expected to be a repository in the public domain growing in line with expanding user needs, managed in a secure manner and working in partnership with the worldwide user community.

This enables delivery of adaptive applications to mobile audiences more rapidly and accurately. It enables integration of solutions across platforms with consistent language diversity. It allows analytics of data sources drawn from business applications from a broader set of environments. Similarly this drives faster publication of public open data publication and service delivery based
off that open data.

The technology orchestration that delivers this is the Business Semantic Thesaurus combined with the CAM Editor toolkit that automates software delivery, as shown here.

In addition to technology orchestration through the Business Semantic Thesaurus, Illumonus’ LinguMatic™ approach utilizes the Simple Knowledge Organization System (SKOS) which provides a data model and vocabulary for expressing controlled vocabularies such as taxonomies and classifications. Many organizations have published their controlled vocabularies using SKOS for their use in Semantic Business applications. Representing terminology systems with SKOS provides considerable benefits in formalizing and sharing data by means of representing the concepts, as well as their relations, in a common and machine readable way.

In order to further facilitate the knowledge transfer between information/data publisher and consumer, terminology mapping is urgently required. Such a requirement is particularly prominent in todays mobile and cloud-based business information systems, where many terminology systems are in use. Mappings between these different terminologies has become a prerequisite for information/data sharing between applications.

Summary and Opportunities

Illumonus’ LinguMatic™ approach provides the foundation for rapid and consistent solution delivery across
todays sophisticated application platforms. Whether you are building mobile applications; open data services or business process model (BPM) based workflow systems everything starts with an accurate and consistent understanding of your underpinning information. Providing this information architecture foundation is the core value in the LinguMatic™ approach. Too often today agile application approaches mean a rush to user stories and islands of application functionality without regard for the bigger information picture. Illumonus has assembled a proven solution set founded on established open source communities. The opportunity is to leverage this power toolset to drive next generation solution delivery. We welcome the opportunity to
showcase what our approach can do for your organization and your business enterprise and partners.

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