Industry and Standards Technical Committee

Industry and Standards Technical Committee

The IAOA Industry and Standards Technical Committee (ISTC) has two core purposes: (a) to foster the use of applied ontology in standardization initiatives, and (b) to facilitate the interactions across people in industry and in applied ontology research. Activities include the dissemination of information about initiatives with the aim to gather experts interested in the development of ontologically sound standards, and the organization of virtual and physical meetings and events where to discuss how to understand and apply ontological approaches and methodologies.

Mission Statement

Standards may have a huge impact at the domain level, as in industry, communication and business, and on society at large. In order to better align the purpose and organization of standards, and to anticipate their consequences, it is important to improve clarity of standards and the understanding of the domains they address. The use of ontological analysis and ontology-based methodologies are important factors for the development of clear and well organized standards, and to ensure the correct understanding of their domain of application.

Today industry uses applications that crucially rely on semantic technologies. In the last 30 years, applied ontology has changed the way that information is understood and classified. Semantic technologies can be a decisive asset in exploitation of information potentialities in industry. This is especially true when robust and reliable information elaboration, sharing, and management are needed. The mutual discussion and interbreeding of industrial application concerns and applied ontology methodologies can improve the work of both communities and help to develop approaches better suited to understand and solve existing problems.

The ISTC aims to bring together IAOA members and people working in industry and standards development to facilitate information sharing as well as mutual discussion and co-ordination of activities and resources.


  • Stefano Borgo
  • Michael Gruninger
  • Amanda Vizedom


  • The Industry and Standards Technical Committee wiki serves as a collection and distribution point for information about its goals and initiatives.
  • The ISTC organizes the conference series Formal Ontologies Meet Industry (FOMI).