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Towards a Virtual Enterprise Architecture for the Environmental Sector

Towards a Virtual Enterprise Architecture for the Environmental Sector
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Author(s): Ioannis N. Athanasiadis (Dalle Molle Institute for Artificial Intelligence (IDSIA), Switzerland)
Copyright: 2009
Pages: 12
Source title: Selected Readings on Information Technology Management: Contemporary Issues
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): George Kelley (University of Massachusetts-Boston, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-092-9.ch008


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This chapter introduces a virtual enterprise architecture for environmental information management, integration and dissemination. On a daily basis, our knowledge related to ecological phenomena, the degradation of the natural environment and the sustainability of human activity impact, is growing and as a consequence raises the need for effective environmental knowledge exchange and reuse. In this work, a solution among collaborating peers forming a virtual enterprise is investigated. Following an analysis of the main stakeholders, a service-oriented architecture is proposed. Technical implementation options, using Web services or software agents, are considered and issues related to environmental information management, ownership and standardization are discussed.

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