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Toward a Formal Common Information Model Ontology



Stephen Quirolgico, P Assis, A Westerinen, M Baskey, E Stokes


Self-managing systems will be highly dependent upon information acquired from disparate applications, devices, components and subsystems. To be effectively managed, such information will need to conform to a common model. One standard that provides a common model for describing disparate computer and network information is the Common Information Model (CIM). Although CIM defines the models necessary for inferring properties about distributed systems, its specification as a semi-formal ontology limits its ability to support some important requirements of a self-managing distributed system including knowledge interoperability and aggregation, as well as reasoning. To facilitate the interoperability and aggregation of CIM-based knowledge, as well reasoning over such knowledge, there is a need to model, represent and share CIM as a formal ontology. In this paper, we propose a framework for constructing a formal CIM ontology based on previous research that identified mappings from UML to ontology language constructs.
Lecture Notes In Computer Science


Quirolgico, S. , Assis, P. , Westerinen, A. , Baskey, M. and Stokes, E. (2004), Toward a Formal Common Information Model Ontology, Lecture Notes In Computer Science, [online], (Accessed June 25, 2024)


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Created October 31, 2004, Updated October 12, 2021