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Authors: Marthinus C. Gerber 1 ; Aurona J. Gerber 2 and Alta van der Merwe 3

Affiliations: 1 University of Pretoria, South Africa ; 2 Meraka-CSIR and University of Kwazulu Natal, South Africa ; 3 Meraka-CSIR, South Africa

ISBN: 978-989-8425-80-5

ISSN: 2184-3228

Keyword(s): Formal ontology, Accounting ontology, Accounting framework, Conceptual framework, Accounting standards.

Related Ontology Subjects/Areas/Topics: Artificial Intelligence ; Data Engineering ; Domain Analysis and Modeling ; Enterprise Information Systems ; Information Systems Analysis and Specification ; Knowledge Engineering and Ontology Development ; Knowledge Representation ; Knowledge-Based Systems ; Ontologies and the Semantic Web ; Ontology Engineering ; Symbolic Systems

Abstract: The purpose of accounting is to gather financial data of a business or entity, to interpret this data and to report the results in financial statements to the different users thereof. The interpretation of financial data is regulated by financial accounting standards including a conceptual framework that were developed to facilitate the reporting of financial information of entities. Due to the history of standards development as well as the mechanisms used, inconsistencies in the standards, framework and interpretations are part of the common legacy accountants are confronted with every day. The development of unambiguous and principle based financial accounting standards is therefore a key initiative at present of international accounting standards bodies such as the FASB and the IASB. This paper is concerned with the question of how recently developed computer science technologies could assist in dealing with and eliminating inconsistencies and ambiguities within and between differ ent financial accounting standards. In our research we developed a formal ontology for some of the basic elements, and in this paper we report on our findings as well as make some suggestions for a formal approach to the conceptual framework and financial accounting standards development. (More)

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Paper citation in several formats:
C. Gerber, M.; J. Gerber, A. and van der Merwe, A. (2011). USING FORMAL ONTOLOGIES FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF CONSISTENT AND UNAMBIGUOUS FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING STANDARDS.In Proceedings of the International Conference on Knowledge Engineering and Ontology Development - Volume 1: KEOD, (IC3K 2011) ISBN 978-989-8425-80-5, ISSN 2184-3228, pages 419-424. DOI: 10.5220/0003658404190424

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title={USING FORMAL ONTOLOGIES FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF CONSISTENT AND UNAMBIGUOUS FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING STANDARDS},
booktitle={Proceedings of the International Conference on Knowledge Engineering and Ontology Development - Volume 1: KEOD, (IC3K 2011)},
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JO - Proceedings of the International Conference on Knowledge Engineering and Ontology Development - Volume 1: KEOD, (IC3K 2011)
TI - USING FORMAL ONTOLOGIES FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF CONSISTENT AND UNAMBIGUOUS FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING STANDARDS
SN - 978-989-8425-80-5
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AU - van der Merwe, A.
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DO - 10.5220/0003658404190424

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