Call for Chapters: IGI Book on Enterprise Interoperability Scientific Foundations


Yannis Charalabidis (University of Aegean, Greece)
Fenareti Lampathaki (National Technical University of Athens, Greece)
Ricardo Jardim-Goncalves (UNINOVA, Portugal)

Proposals Submission Deadline: November 30, 2012

Full Chapters Due: February 27, 2013

Future Internet plays an important role in the quest of organizations and enterprises to become more competitive, enlarge their target markets, and develop innovative products and services while transforming towards new business models. Within this quest, Enterprise Interoperability (EI) has been a thriving applied research domain, studying the problems related to the lack of interoperability in the organizations and proposing novel methods and frameworks for enterprise integration and collaboration problems. However, in spite of the research methods and tools developed so far, the scientific foundations for EI that would permit their generalization and complete reuse have not yet been established. In this context, this book will contribute in the systematic analysis and publication of cutting-edge methods, tools, and approaches for assisting scientists and organizations in their quest for scientific-oriented, reusable, and reproducible interoperability solutions.

Objective of the Book
This book aims at providing the latest research advancements and findings for the scientific systematization of Enterprise Interoperability knowledge, such as core concepts, foundational principles, theories, methodologies, architectures, assessment frameworks, and future directions. It will bring forward the ingredients of this new domain, proposing its needed formal and systematic tools, exploring its relation with neighbouring scientific domains, and finally prescribing the next steps for eventually achieving the thrilling goal of laying the foundations of a new science.

Target Audience
The audience of the book includes:
* Researchers and Practitioners in the Interoperability Domain who will benefit from a documentation of the existing knowledge and from the recommended directions for future research.
* University Students and Professors of Computer Science, Software Engineering, and Management Sciences who will gain insights to the interoperability repercussions in their domains.
* ICT industry professionals engaged in interoperability solutions, software design and deployment projects, and modelling methods, as well as industry in general, who will find guidelines and reproducible solutions to identified problems.
* Policy makers and decision drivers at the local, national, or international level who will find recommendations on how to promote the scientific aspects of interoperability.

Recommended topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
This book focuses on shedding light on the underlying body of knowledge in the enterprise interoperability domain and on formulating and structuring the knowledge gained through pragmatic research in the domain over the last decades in order to avoid repeating research and missing opportunities for application.

Scientific Foundations of Interoperability:
* Basic research questions, key concepts, generic laws, and foundational principles of enterprise interoperability
* Ontologies, taxonomies, lexicons and other semantic elements for interoperability
* Formal methods to describe interoperability problems and solutions with an enterprise context
* Propositions on novel enterprise models, with interoperability semantics
* Populations of formal descriptions, generalization of interoperability approaches
* Definition and design of Interoperability knowledge bases
* Impact assessment frameworks, simulation methods, and tools for interoperability
* Models and tools for traversing problem-solution paths
* Metrics and algorithmic models for interoperability
* Other  scientific methods for interoperability

Interoperability and its Neighbouring Scientific Domains:
* Definition of scientific foundations, epistemological issues in science
* Taxonomies of the neighbouring scientific domains
* Methodologies for recognition of neighbouring scientific domains and identification of reusable elements
* Analysis of neighbouring scientific domains
* Shared formal and other descriptive methods identification
* Analysis of scientific methods for interoperability in other research domains

Perspectives and future research directions for Interoperability:
* Action plans for sustainability and evolution of scientific disciplines, in general, and interoperability, in particular, towards their scientific recognition
* Open research challenges and hypotheses for interoperability
* Visionary Scenarios of interoperable organizations
* Proposals on the value proposition and marketing of the scientific offerings for interoperability
* Guidelines and recommendations to key stakeholders

Submission Procedure
Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before November 30th, 2012, a 2-3 page chapter proposal clearly explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by December 30th, 2012 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines.

Full chapters must be between 8,000 and 10,000 words and are expected to be submitted by February 27th, 2013. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis.

Chapter formatting guidelines for edited books can be found at

This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), publisher of the “Information Science Reference” (formerly Idea Group Reference), “Medical Information Science Reference,” “Business Science Reference,” and “Engineering Science Reference” imprints. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit

Important Dates
November 30, 2012:     Proposal Submission Deadline
December 30, 2012:     Notification of Acceptance
February 27, 2013:        Full Chapter Submission
April 15, 2013:                Review Results Returned
May 30, 2013:                 Revised, Camera-Ready Chapters Submission
2nd semester 2013:      Book Publication