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How to Build a Canonical Reference Ontology

The slides from a webinar presented by Mike Bennett on May 4, 2015.
Mike is the architect of the Financial Industry Business Ontology (FIBO), which is being developed by the Enterprise Data Management Council (EDMC) in two streams:

  • EDMC is working jointly with the Object Management Group (OMG) to create a FIBO specification in OWL2, oriented towards automated processing and reasoning. It is being published in tranches by OMG and is a strong candidate for submission to ISO to become an international standard. Mike is one of the leading developers.
  • In parallel, EDMC is developing a conceptual version of FIBO, oriented towards business concepts as understood by people in businesses. Mike is leading this activity, using OWL Full for the formal logic, and is collaborating on creating representations in natural language (the first being English), for inclusion in business vocabularies.

Terminological Dictionary

An informal introduction to terminological dictionaries, and a suggestion that they provide a more reliable basis for business vocabularies than is provided by conventional reference dictionaries.

Businesses Need Three Vocabularies

updated 26 May, 2015

A suggestion that a business needs (at least) three vocabularies to support communication with different audiences. The vocabularies require different terminology but represent the same concepts, so could be delivered as terminological dictionaries from a shared terminological database.

The Power of Words

Plenary presentation to the Object Management Group’s technical meeting in Long Beach, CA on December 10, 2014, by Kara Warburton, international chair of the ISO Technical Committee 37 (Terminology and other language and content resources).

Note: the slides and soundtrack are available as separate files. An integrated file is in preparation

Developing Lexical Resources for Controlled Authoring

Kara Warburton’s presentation to a workshop “Controlled Natural Language Simplifying Language Use” at the 9th Language Resources and Evaluation Conference (LREC), held in Reykjavik (Iceland) in 2014. The full workshop proceedingsare available at the LREC web site


SBVR Specification V1.3

May 28, 2015: OMG’s Semantics of Business Vocabulary and Business Rules (SBVR) Version 1.3 is available for download from the OMG web site.

What is SBVR?

An introduction to OMG’s ‘Semantics of Business Vocabulary and Business Rules‘ as a terminological dictionary of the concepts needed to define business concepts, rules and policies.

In preparation:

  • Authoring Definitions in SBVR Structured English
  • Authoring Rules, Policies and Advice in SBVR Structured English
  • SBVR Structured English Syntax


In preparation:

  • An overview of US Regulation

page updated 28 May 2015