EDM Council scores top hack at 2013 Ontology Summit

Source: EDM Council

The Enterprise Data Management (EDM) Council, a not-for-profit trade association dedicated to addressing the practical business strategies and technical implementation realities of enterprise data management, today announced the Council's hackathon took the top prize at the 2013 Ontology Summit, held at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in May 2013.

Throughout February and March 2013, NIST and members of other ontology industry organizations held a series of virtual hackathons, or technology deep dives, to explore automated processes that could help standardize ontology development and evaluation, and allow FIBO (Financial Industry Business Ontology) to effectively scale. Five teams located around the world conducted weekly virtual meetings to propose topics for exploration, with business, academic and industry participants ultimately spending several weekends hacking through these proposals using real ontologies. The best topics were then nominated to present at the 2013 Ontology Summit in May, focused on "Ontology Evaluation across the Ontology Life Cycle," with the EDM Council's in-depth FIBO hack notching top honors among the group.

"This recognition is a strong testament that the top ontologists across the globe have validated FIBO both as a concept and a reality," said Dennis E. Wisnosky, head of FIBO standards implementation at the EDM Council. "This wonderful ontology community project gave participants the opportunity to really kick the FIBO tires themselves. As a result, these world-class attendees have a new understanding of, and unbridled enthusiasm for where FIBO is today, where it is going in the future, and how critical this type of standardization has become."

FIBO presents the facts about financial instruments, business entities, loans, market data, transactions and corporate actions in a technology-neutral format along with precise definitions and defined business relationships. The open source FIBO initiative standardizes the language of financial contracts and promotes unambiguous shared meaning among all participants in the financial industry. FIBO and the Council's overall semantics initiative are based on the legal structures and obligations contained within the myriad of contracts that form the foundation of the financial industry. The Council has now constructed this content intoto a business conceptual ontology that formally models the reality of how the financial industry operates.

The FIBO Foundations and Business Entities Ontologies will be published as formal standards by the Object Management Group (OMG) in late 2013, and will be linked to the first FIBO Operational Ontology showing the intersection of interest rate swaps, credit default obligations and legal entities. The operational ontology provides a visual interface to enable queries about legal entity control and ownership relationships, classify instruments and entities based on their contractual facts, and provide quality assurance capabilities for contractual conformity and to support trading/counterparty analytics.

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