Data Interoperability Platform Services (DIPS)
The FITMAN " Data Interoperability Platform Services" Specific Enabler (FITMAN-DIPS) is a web-based platform for the management of Data Interoperability services in the sope of the exploitation of the interoperability service. Targeted at the Virtual Factory domain, and based on open standards like WSMO and WSMX, it is delivered as a web platform in order to maximize its collaborative nature. The interoperability is a key factor for the success in collaboration. Typically, interoperability problems are related to the exchange of information among different companies in a supply chain or in other forms of aggregaration like Business Ecosystems. Applicability can be find as well in information exchange between different parts of the same company or, even, in communication between individuals. At the time companies solves interoperability probles they create a value item that is subsiquently used into collaborative business processes in order to execute data interoperability. A typical example of that is the creation of a transformation for a specific business document (eg: an invoice) from one standard (eg: UBL) to/from a private fromat.
Helps Virtual Factories in improving interoperability among network partners reusing knowledge artifacts created in or outside the network minimising the technical effort.
The GUI and the CORE can be accesed by users of a distributed organization, such as Virtual Enterprises in the typical Virtual Factory scenario; CORE by SOAP services calls while GUI by human users by browser.
The FITMAN-DIPS Specific Enabler is an extension of two previously developed platfoms: the COIN Integrated Platform created in the context of the COIN project and the Interoperability platform from the Italian Research project ASINFO. In details the CORE part of DIPS is an extension of the COIN GSP while the GUI is an extension and adapatation of the COIN Front-end. Primitives for the interoperability are coming from the ASINFO research project
The services consumer are supported by the platform in the creation of the semantic goal, the browsing of results and the understanding of the service including: try-me, examples and other functionalities.