Development of an ontology to improve supply chain management (SCM) in the Australian timber industry

Blake, Jacqueline and Pease, Wayne (2007) Development of an ontology to improve supply chain management (SCM) in the Australian timber industry. In: Semantic web technologies and e-business: towards the integrated virtual organisation and business process automation. IGI Publishing (IGI Global), Hershey, PA. United States, pp. 360-383. ISBN 1-59904-192-8


This chapter proposes an ontology using OWL (Web Ontology Language) for the Australian Timber sector that can be used in conjunction with semantic web services to provide effective and cheap B2B communications. From the perspective of the Timber industry sector, this study is important because supply chain efficiency is a key component in an organisation's strategy to gain a competitive advantage in the marketplace. Strong improvement in supply chain performance is possible with improved business-to-business communication which is used both for building trust and providing real time marketing data.
Traditional methods such as electronic data interchange (EDI) used to facilitate B2B communication have a number of disadvantages, such as high implementation and running costs and a rigid and inflexible messaging standard. Information and communications technologies (ICT) have supported the emergence of web-based EDI which maintains the advantages of the traditional paradigm while negating the disadvantages. This has been further extended by the advent of the Semantic web which rests on the fundamental idea that web resources should be annotated with semantic markup that captures information about their meaning and facilitates meaningful machine-to-machine communication.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business - School of Information Systems
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:56
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2016 01:34
Uncontrolled Keywords: B2B e-commerce; small medium enterprises; SMEs; electronic data interchange; EDI ontology theory; OWL; semantic web; supply chain management
Fields of Research : 15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150302 Business Information Systems

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