Roberta Ferrario

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This paper offers two main contributions. On the one hand, it establishes a general formal framework for developing a foundational ontology of socially constructed entities, in the broadest sense of this notion; on the other hand, it further contributes to understanding the ontological nature of roles. The key choice here is to put all social entities in(More)
In this paper we present and compare two different approaches to the notion of “relational role” and connected issues. Both approaches are based on the introduction of the notion of “qua-individual” and on the reification of relations. We use a classical problem in the literature on roles, namely the counting problem, as testbed, and we show how the two(More)
This paper presents a preliminary proposal of an ontology of organizations based on DOLCE (Descriptive Ontology for Linguistic and Cognitive Engineering). An ontological analysis of organizations is the first, fundamental and ineliminable pillar on which to build a precise and rigourous enterprise modelling. An ontological analysis makes explicit the social(More)
Despite the ubiquity of services, there is still no consensus on their exact nature and structure. This consensus, however, is necessary to unambiguously describe and trade services physically as well as in an Internet of Service. To make some progress towards a shared conceptualization, we present in this paper a general service model based on the DOLCE(More)
As a growing number of economic transactions tend to happen in the Web, their legal implications and assumptions need to be made explicit in the proper way, in order to facilitate interoperability across different normative systems, encourage transparency towards the end users and ultimately promote trust in automated services. In particular, potentially(More)
We present an unsupervised approach for the automatic detection of static interactive groups. The approach builds upon a novel multi-scale Hough voting policy, which incorporates in a flexible way the sociological notion of group as F-formation; the goal is to model at the same time small arrangements of close friends and aggregations of many individuals(More)