The short term objectives of the SC WG are to identify the requirements of the SCM reference ontology (an IOF ontology) and to provide formal and informal definitions for the important terms in supply chain domain. In the long term, we are planning  to develop the the SCM reference ontology (RO) and to develop a few application ontologies to validate the developed reference ontology. The Supply Chain (SC) WG is motivated by use cases such as supplier discovery (i.e., supplier capability matching with manufacturing requirements) and  traceability.


The existing  groups do not address data exchange between different organizations within a supply chain. Also, representation of organizational capabilities is not covered by other working groups. Additionally, representing the flow of material and information is not within the scope of any other group. Supply Chain Management is a well-established scientific discipline with a vocabulary that is unique to this domain.

WG Chair: Dr. Farhad Ameri, Texas State University