Ontologies are the Esperanto for the Babel Fish of the 21st Century (part 01)

Keywords: Ontologies, Event Driven Architecture (EDA), Complex Event Processing (CEP),  Services Oriented Architecture (SOA), Master Data Management (MDM), Model Driven Architecture (MDA), Standards, Enterprise Architecture (EA), Governance.


The contention made in this article is that ontologies are pivotal to several seemingly disparate technical endeavours that are currently emergent and have had more or less publicity. These include Event Driven Architecture (EDA), Complex Event Processing (CEP), Service Oriented Architecture (SOA), Master Data Management (MDM), which are supported by specific ontological initiatives most notably the Semantic Web, which is further leveraged by Model Driven Architecture (MDA). Furthermore how these efforts are all dependent on the adherence to common standards. These endeavours, and their complementary interrelationships, and specifically their relationship to ontology, are explored in more detail below.

Ontologies are the Esperanto for the Babel Fish of the 21st Century. 

This article is still under construction and requires more content and editing. –11:49, 3 August 2007 (GMT)


This body of this article can be found through links below numbered 02 – 12.

This part section is used to list the article headings and provide a very brief overview of each section.

01 This page
02 What is an Ontology?
03 Why do we need Ontologies?
04 Business Drivers
05 Enterprise Architecture
06 Layered Architecture
07 Enterprise Patterns
08 Standards
09 Governance
10 Pulling it all Together
11 Conclusion
12 Standards Listing


[1] What is an Ontology
[2] Ontologies Come of Age
[3] Canonical Data Model (CDM)
[4] Getting the Enterprise Canonical Data Model (ECDM) Right
[5] J2EE 1.4 Designing Web Services
[6] Industrial Ontologies Group
[7] More on the common data modeling thing
[8] SOA doesn’t need a Common Information Model
[9] Using a Common Data Model with SOA
[10] SOA: Canonical “Data” Model
[11] How to mediate semantics in an EDA
[12] MDA-based Ontology Infrastructure
[13] MDA and RM-ODP: two approaches in modern ontological engineering
[14] Ontology Modeling and MDA
[15] An Ontology-based MDA Framework for Service-based Software Systems …
[16] From BPEL4WS Process Model to Full OWL-S Ontology
[17] Combining Service-Oriented Architecture and Event-Driven Architecture using an Enterprise Service Bus
[18] Ontology Defintion RFP
[19] Ontology Definition Metamodel (ODM)
[20] Semantic Technologies and CEP (1): Intro – Complex Event Process: Tibco Blog
[21] Semantic Web Architecture – Tim Berners-Lee
[22] Standards – Complex Event Process: Tibco Blog
[23] Sun grapples with ESBs, JBI and Java EE for SOA, part 2
[24] The Growing Role of Events in Enterprise Applications
[25] ISO/IEC 7498-1 Information technology – Open Systems Interconnection – Basic Reference Model: The Basic Model
[26] Event Driven Architecture (EDA) And its relationship with SOA & BPM DRAFT RFI
[27] Complex Event Processing in Distributed Systems
[28] OMG SOA SIG Activity Debrief
[29] ODM – An MDA-based Framework for SI
[30] The OMG and Service Oriented Architecture
[31] EDA Lessons Learned
[32] “My” SOA definitions–What I mean when I say “service-*”
[33] Canonical Situation Data Format-The Common Base Event-ACAB.BO0301.2.0
[34] Event-Driven Architecture Overview
[35] MDM: Taxonomies, Classifications, Ontologies, Registries (Blog: Dan E. Linstedt)
[36] Master Data Management (Blog: Dan E. Linstedt)
[37] SOA: Canonical “Data” Model
[38] Master Data Management Meets SOA A symbiotic relationship
[39] Implementing a Successful SOA MDM Solution
[40] CEP as sauce for alphabet soup (Part 8): MDM
[41] Complex Event Processing (David Luckman)
[42] How I Explained REST to My Wife
[43] Mini-Guide: REST (Representational State Transfer)
[44] Mythbusters: Event Stream Processing Versus Complex Event Processing
[45] What’s the Difference Between ESP and CEP?
[46] Ali Arsanjani, Bernhard Borges, Kerrie Holley, How to Execute a Sound SOA Design Technique Web Services, September 2004, Web Services Journal
[47] Elements of Service-Oriented Analysis and Design
[48] UML Profile and Metamodel for Services (UPMS) RFP
[49] What is Complex Event Processing? (Part 1)
[50] Revisiting the JDL Data Fusion Model II
[51] The Cornucopia of Formal-Ontological Relations
[52] Ontologies and Knowledge Bases. Towards a Terminological Clarification
[53] SOA, EDA, BPM and CEP are all Complementary
[54] TOGAF 8.1.1 Online > Part IV: Resource Base > Architecture Board
[55] Event Metamodel and Profile (EMP) RFP, draft


3 Responses to “Ontologies are the Esperanto for the Babel Fish of the 21st Century (part 01)”

  1. Ontologies are the Esperanto for the Babel Fish of the 21st Century « York Earwaker’s Weblog Says:

    […] you can find here: https://yorkearwaker.wordpress.com/ontologies-are-the-esperanto-for-the-babel-fish-of-the-21st-centur… if your of a mind […]

  2. Andraz Tori Says:

    Just a note about title: I find it a bit amusing comparing Ontologies it to Esperanto. Esperanto was carefully engineered, having big dream of solving the big problem … and failed. While it was failing, crowdsourced solution called English did the job.

  3. Ian Goldsmid Says:

    Hi York

    I would like to talk to you about the intersection between OWL/RDF/SPARQL aka Semantic Web and MDM ++

    Please see: http://www.semanticbusinessintelligence.com

    Regards, Ian Goldsmid

    ian at semanticbusinessintelligence dot com

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