The role of the Technical Oversight Board (TOB) is to provide overall technical coordination across all domain Working Groups (WGs) (e.g. logistics, production systems, maintenance, etc.) and ensure alignment among work produced by the WGs.

In particular the Technical Oversight Board is responsible for

  • Developing and setting IOF ontology principles
  • Ensuring conformance to IOF principles
  • Developing design guidelines that reflect those principles
  • Maintaining the IOF Ontology Architecture
  • Ensuring interoperability and consistency of IOF ontologies
  • Approving new domain boards
  • Managing domain boards
  • Resolving conflicts that may arise among domain boards
  • Communicating among Domain Boards and the Governance Board
  • Providing regular updates to the Governance Board