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Ontology-driven development of web services to support district energy applications

Hippolyte, J.-L. ORCID:, Rezgui, Y. ORCID:, Li, H. ORCID:, Jayan, B. and Howell, S. 2018. Ontology-driven development of web services to support district energy applications. Automation in Construction 86 , pp. 210-225. 10.1016/j.autcon.2017.10.004

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Current urban and district energy management systems lack a common semantic referential for effectively interrelating intelligent sensing, data models and energy models with visualization, analysis and decision support tools. This paper describes the structure, as well as the rationale that led to this structure, of an ontology that captures the real-world concepts of a district energy system, such as a district heating and cooling system. This ontology (called eedistrict ontology) is intended to support knowledge provision that can play the role of an intermediate layer between high-level energy management software applications and local monitoring and control software components. In order to achieve that goal, the authors propose to encapsulate queries to the ontology in a scalable web service, which will facilitate the development of interfaces for third-party applications. Considering the size of the ee-district ontology once populated with data from a specific district case study, this could prove to be a repetitive and time-consuming task for the software developer. This paper therefore assesses the feasibility of ontology-driven automation of web service development that is to be a core element in the deployment of heterogeneous district-wide energy management software.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Engineering
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0926-5805
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 9 October 2017
Date of Acceptance: 3 October 2017
Last Modified: 11 Nov 2023 17:26

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