Semantic E-business and Enterprise computing (SEEC) (SEEC2008)
|Event Date/Time: Sep 17, 2008||End Date/Time: Sep 19, 2008|
Semantic web and E-Business
Singh et al. (2005) defines semantic E-business as an approach to managing knowledge for the coordination of e-business processes through the systematic application of Semantic Web technologies. Semantic E-business is founded upon three active streams of research: Semantic Web technologies, including ontologies, knowledge representation, and intelligent software agents; knowledge management, including the creation, storage, retrieval, and exchange of machine interpretable and useful information upon which action can be taken or advised; and secure e-business processes, including process automation, enterprise systems integration, and the coordination of workflows and activities within and across organizations. Developments in semantic technologies make Semantic Web content unambiguously computer interpretable and amenable to agent interoperability and automated reasoning techniques (McIlraith et al., 2001). Built on Resource Description Framework (RDF) and Description Logics (DL), the Web Ontology Language (OWL) is a W3C standard for semantic knowledge representation. Web Services and Web Services Architecture provide envelope and transport mechanisms for information exchange. Together, these technologies provide semantic knowledge representation and exchange mechanisms for collaborations in Semantic E-business processes. Application of Semantic Web technologies provides organizations the means to design collaborative and integrative, inter- and intra-organizational business processes, and systems founded upon the seamless exchange of knowledge among trusted business partners. Tallman et al. (2004) examine the role of knowledge exchange for competitive advantage and note that simpler, codified, and less tacit component knowledge, including skills and technologies, consumer behaviour, and product knowledge is amenable to knowledge exchange.
As research in the foundation technologies for the Semantic Web develops, the application of these technologies to enable Semantic E-business is of increasing importance to the professional and academic communities. For example, the Association for Information Systems hosts special interest groups (SIGs) such as Semantic Web and Information Systems (SIG-SEMIS; www.sigsemis.org), Agent-Based Information Systems (SIG-ABIS; www.agentbasedis.org), and Ontology Driven Information System (SIGODIS; aps.cabit.wpcarey.asu.edu/sigodis) to help foster activities that support researchers and practitioners realize the Semantic E-business vision.
Aside from research on the developments in technologies and architectures that support this vision, we need increasing research efforts to understand how to manage these knowledge-based organizations where knowledge resources are distributed across human and software systems. The effort to realize Semantic E-business will be fruitless without concomitant effort on our part in understanding the human systems at the centre of any knowledge-driven activity. It is the human systems that decide what is and is not knowledge. Moreover, in not so distant future, the W3C’s Semantic Web research initiatives create policy-aware infrastructure and trust languages for the Semantic Web to represent complex and evolving relationships will help foster knowledge communities on the Web. In these communities consumers and businesses will co-create value through exchange of knowledge and experience.
Secure knowledge management for E-Business processes that span multiple organizations requires intra-organizational and inter-organizational perspectives on security and access control issues. There is paucity in research on information assurance of distributed inter-organizational E-Business processes from a business process perspective. An integrated secure E-Business process approach is needed to provide a unifying conceptual framework to understand the issues surrounding access control over distributed information and knowledge resources. This conference would provide a forum for researchers to present ways of securing semantic E-Business processes integrating three streams of research such as, E-Business processes, information assurance and semantic technology. This would include conceptualization and analysis of a secure semantic E-Business process frameworks and architectures which provides a holistic view of a secure inter-organizational semantic E-Business process.
Many firms rely on Enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems to implement business processes and integrate financial data across their value chain. Given that ERP systems forms the foundation of E-Business, the conference is particularly interested with security problems related to their usage. This reliance increases the importance of ERP system security in protection of an organisation’s information assets. In recent years, audit of ERP security has gained importance and begun receiving and increasing percentage of organisation’s audit budgets. However, the audit of ERP security remains a complex, lengthy and costly task due to a confluence of factors. With increasing public and regulatory expectation for companies to implement and operate internal controls, ERP security and Segregation of Duties have become popular subjects in the audit profession. This conference therefore aims to focus on major classes of potential security among them segregation of duties.
We envision that the conference will stimulate the very much needed progress in the directions described above. It is planned to set up a Web site on the conference and to publish proceedings. About 5 invited one hour talks will be delivered, which would leave sufficient time for fruitful discussions. It is also planned to have poster presentations. The invited speakers will be drawn from the industry and academia in order to merge the practice and theory. If the schedule permits to do so without overloading it, a very limited number of short contributed talks might be allowed. Involvement of young researchers, graduate students, minorities, and women will be strongly encouraged. This will be emphasized in the announcements of the conference and on the Web site. The announcement will be e-mailed to a list of researchers who might be interested in attending. Invited speakers from the academia will be encouraged to involve their graduate students and/or young faculty.