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Standards Work

The Object Management Group is the pre-eminent computer industry standards organization. OMG Task Forces develop enterprise integration standards for a wide range of technologies and an even wider range of industries. OMG’s modeling standards, including the Unified Modeling Language (UML) and Model Driven Architecture (MDA), enable powerful visual design, execution and maintenance of software and other processes.  At OMG, Thematix is co-editor of the Ontology Definition Metamodel (ODM) and a member of the OMG Architecture Board.

Thematix is a major contributor to  the Financial Industry Business Ontology (FIBO).  FIBO is the first rigorous semantics-based effort to address data standardization in the Finance Industry.  A major applcation of FIBO will be to address systemic risk in the financial sector. FIBO is an initiative of the Enterprise Data Management (“EDM”) Council, which represents most major banks worldwide. FIBO-Foundations was unanimously ratified by the Object Managment Group (OMG) Architecture Board to become a formal international standard by the end of 2013.

Thematix actively participates in standards work at the Object Management Group (OMG) and Open Travel Alliance, and our partners have also participated in several W3C working groups and in ANSI/INCITS DM32 (Metadata Standards – the US Tag to ISO JTC 1 SC32 WG2). We regularly attend and present at business and relevant academic conferences, including the Semantic Technology Conference, International Semantic Web Conference, and others such as INCOSE, Semantic Technologies for Intelligence, Defense, and Security (formerly Ontology for the Intelligence Community), Open Travel Alliance conferences, and so forth. We work closely with a number of universities that are well known in the field, including the Stanford Bio-Medical Informatics Research group (responsible for Protégé, among other tools), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Tetherless World Constellation, the University of Southern California’s Information Sciences Institute, University of Aberdeen, Freie Universität Berlin’s Corporate Semantic Web group, and corporate research organizations such as SRI’s AI Center, in order to maintain currency and participate in advanced research as resources permit. Thematix has submitted proposed extensions to Schema.org, a consortium seeking to standardize the language with which website describe themselves to Google, Bing, Yahoo and Yandex.

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