OntoPedigree: modelling pedigrees for traceability in supply chains

Monika Solanki*, Christopher Brewster

*Corresponding author for this work

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The sharing of product and process information plays a central role in coordinating supply chains operations and is a key driver for their success. "Linked pedigrees" - linked datasets, that encapsulate event based traceability information of artifacts as they move along the supply chain, provide a scalable mechanism to record and facilitate the sharing of track and trace knowledge among supply chain partners. In this paper we present "OntoPedigree" a content ontology design pattern for the representation of linked pedigrees, that can be specialised and extended to define domain specific traceability ontologies. Events captured within the pedigrees are specified using EPCIS - a GS1 standard for the specification of traceability information within and across enterprises, while certification information is described using PROV - a vocabulary for modelling provenance of resources. We exemplify the utility of OntoPedigree in linked pedigrees generated for supply chains within the perishable goods and pharmaceuticals sectors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)483-491
Number of pages9
JournalSemantic Web
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 23 Jun 2016


  • design patterns
  • linked data
  • linked pedigrees
  • ontologies
  • OntoPedigree
  • supply chains


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