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Interoperable Supply-Chain Applications: Message Metamodel-based Semantic Reconciliation of B2B Messages



Marko Vujasinovic, Edward J. Barkmeyer Jr., Nenad Ivezic, Zoran Marjanovic


Supply-chain applications exchange numerous electronic business-to-business (B2B) messages of varied types. Often, the supply-chain applications need to interact even though the applications use different message specifications and different message-representation standards. The paper discusses an approach to achieve such interactions by using the Message Metamodel-based semantic reconciliation of messages conformant to different message specifications, yet supporting the same B2B scenario. The Message Metamodel is a novel, neutral form for representing B2B messages and their specifications that may be based on different message-representation standards (such as EDI, XML, or ASN.1). Experimental investigation showed that a semantic reconciliation architecture, discussed in this paper, if enhanced with the Message Metamodel, enables seamless interoperable message exchange in heterogeneous supply-chain environments. The Message Metamodel-enhanced semantic reconciliation architecture supports the reconciliation of B2B messages irrespective of the message exchange standard used and insulates reconciliation activities from the specific physical message-representation syntaxes.
International Journal of Cooperative Information Systems


semantic reconciliation, business-to-business interoperability, message model, supply-chain integration


Vujasinovic, M. , Barkmeyer, E. , Ivezic, N. and Marjanovic, Z. (2009), Interoperable Supply-Chain Applications: Message Metamodel-based Semantic Reconciliation of B2B Messages, International Journal of Cooperative Information Systems, [online], (Accessed April 21, 2024)
Created May 13, 2009, Updated February 19, 2017