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

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Blake, Jacqueline and Pease, Wayne. 2007. "Development of an ontology to improve supply chain management (SCM) in the Australian timber industry." Salam, A. F. and Stevens, Jason R. (ed.) Semantic web technologies and e-business: towards the integrated virtual organisation and business process automation. Hershey, PA. United States. IGI Global. pp. 360-383
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Development of an ontology to improve supply chain management (SCM) in the Australian timber industry

Book Chapter CategoryEdited book (chapter)
ERA Publisher ID2177
Book TitleSemantic web technologies and e-business: towards the integrated virtual organisation and business process automation
AuthorsBlake, Jacqueline (Author) and Pease, Wayne (Author)
EditorsSalam, A. F. and Stevens, Jason R.
Page Range360-383
Chapter Number15
Number of Pages24
Year2007
PublisherIGI Global
Place of PublicationHershey, PA. United States
ISBN1599041928
Web Address (URL)http://www.idea-group.com/books/details.asp?id=6468
Abstract

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.

KeywordsB2B e-commerce; small medium enterprises; SMEs; electronic data interchange; EDI ontology theory; OWL; semantic web; supply chain management
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020350303. Business information systems
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