Working interoperability not only requires harmonized system's architectures, but also the same interpretation of technical specifications in order to guide the development process. This paper analyses the commonly used structures of communication standards elaborated with HL7 Version 3 and proposes an ontological structure resulting in the so-called Communication Standards Ontology (CSO). As such a solution has to be developed within an architectural framework, the approach is aligned with the Generic Component Model (GCM).
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