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Pragmatic Interoperability and Translation of Industrial Engineering Problems into Modelling and Simulation Solutions

: Horsch, Martin T.; Chiacchiera, Silvia; Seaton, Michael A.; Todorov, Ilian T.; Schembera, Björn; Klein, Peter; Konchakova, Natalia A.


Sychev, A.:
Data Analytics and Management in Data Intensive Domains. 22nd International Conference, DAMDID/RCDL 2020. Selected Proceedings : Voronezh, Russia, October 13-16, 2020, Online
Cham: Springer Nature, 2021 (Communications in computer and information science 1427)
ISBN: 978-3-030-81199-0 (Print)
ISBN: 978-3-030-81200-3 (Onliine)
ISBN: 978-3-030-81201-0
International Conference on Data Analytics and Management in Data Intensive Domains (DAMDID/RCDL) <22, 2020, Online>
European Commission EC
H2020; 721027; FORCE
Formulations and Computational Engineering
European Commission EC
H2020; 723867; EMMC-CSA
European Materials Modelling Council
European Commission EC
H2020; 760907; VIMMP
Virtual Materials Market Place
European Commission EC
H2020; 952903; VIPCOAT
Virtual Open Innovation Platform for Active Protective Coatings Guided by Modelling and Optimization
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft DFG
National Research Data Infrastructure (NFDI) programme; 441926934; NFDI4Cat
National Research Data Infrastructure for Catalysis-Related Sciences
Conference Paper
Fraunhofer ITWM ()

Pragmatic interoperability between platforms and service-oriented architectures exists whenever there is an agreement on the roles of participants and components as well as minimum standards for good practice. In this work, it is argued that open platforms require pragmatic interoperability, complementing syntactic interoperability (e.g., through common file formats), and semantic interoperability by ontologies that provide agreed definitions for entities and relations. For consistent data management and the provision of services in computational molecular engineering, community-governed agreements on pragmatics need to be established and formalized. For this purpose, if ontology-based semantic interoperability is already present, the same ontologies can be used. This is illustrated here by the role of the “translator” and procedural definitions for the process of “translation” in materials modelling, which refers to mapping industrial research and development problems onto solutions by modelling and simulation. For associated roles and processes, substantial previous standardization efforts have been carried out by the European Materials Modelling Council (EMMC ASBL). In the present work, the Materials Modelling Translation Ontology (MMTO) is introduced, and it is discussed how the MMTO can contribute to formalizing the pragmatic interoperability standards developed by EMMC ASBL.