Framework for Information and Knowledge Sharing in Collaborative Modeling of the Forest Products Value Chain: A Survey and Road Map

Authored by: Riadh Azouzi , Sophie D’Amours

Forest Value Chain Optimization and Sustainability

Print publication date:  September  2016
Online publication date:  December  2016

Print ISBN: 9781498704861
eBook ISBN: 9781315371696
Adobe ISBN:

10.1201/9781315371696-11

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Abstract

Canadian academic researchers, in collaboration with FPInnovations, a national forest research institute, are proposing to build a strategic research network on value chain optimization (VCO) that aims at providing the industry and policy-makers with advanced planning and decision support systems to support the design and deployment of a more competitive forest bioeconomy. Different value propositions are to be evaluated from a global value chain perspective. The research would be organized around five themes denoted as T1 to T5 as shown in Figure 8.1. Themes T1 to T4 develop a hierarchical approach to value chain optimization. Theme T5 addresses a broader comprehensive knowledge representation. The focus of this chapter is on theme T5. It stresses the need for gaining a common representation and understanding of the different components of the value chain as this will permit evaluating forest and industry strategies, supply-chain configurations, and planning approaches using simulations. More specifically, the network aims at developing and maintaining virtual business test-benches providing data sets and rich business contexts to aid the demonstration of the potential benefits of different methods for the coordination and planning of all the resources in the forest products industry. An agent-based approach has been identified as a valuable tool to facilitate the assessment of different collaborative and noncollaborative scenarios. However, the sharing of information and knowledge in a collaborative modeling context remains a key challenge. In this chapter, we look at the literature about the most significant standardization initiatives for information and knowledge sharing and agent-based modeling platforms in the forest products value chain. A road map was developed defining the collaborative knowledge–based platform to support research projects within the VCO network.

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