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#2: February

From:                                         Jurgen Ziemer

Sent:                                           Tuesday, February 25, 2020 8:20 AM

To:                                               FIB-DM Users

Subject:                                     FIB-DM newsletter: EDM Council FIBO invites you, data modelers

Dear FIB-DM User,

One hundred more people downloaded the data model since our first newsletter, a month ago. The user community now is over four hundred, 139 Financial Institutions, Regulators, Universities, and Government entities.

FIB-DM Institutional downloads (pie chart)
FIB-DM Institutional downloads

I am in the middle of transforming the latest 14 January FIBO release into a data model update. FIB-DM will grow by three hundred entities, mainly in the Foundation and Securities packages. Check out and follow the FIB-DM LinkedIn pages for updates and details.

The Enterprise Data Management Council (EDMC), the creator of the industry-standard ontology, welcomes FIB-DM data modelers to shape the industry standard. Please see below and respond to Robert, the EDMC FIBO Project Manager’s invitation – no ontology expertise is expected.

Likewise, please share your migrations and extensions of the FIBO Data Model. All derived artifacts are Open Source already under the General Public License. You don’t have to ask for permission –publish your work on GitHub or elsewhere. In particular, your import into other data modeling tools, the most frequently asked question:

While 40% of FIB-DM users are on PowerDesigner, 178 of you have other data modeling tools, a staggering duplication of migration efforts. Please publish and distribute your ERWin, Sparx, Visual Paradigm, or other FIBO Data Model with your diagrams!

FIB-DM Data Modelling Tools (pie chart)
FIB-DM Data Modelling Tools

I look forward to sharing your link on the FIB-DM website, LinkedIn, and the next newsletter. For institutions, this is giving back to the industry. For independent contractors and consultancies: While you can’t sell your “ERWin FIB-DM,” distributing the Open Source showcases your expertise. Banks may ask you to migrate their full commercial version or advise on customization.

Thanks and regards


The EDM Council invitation:

Dear Data Modelers! If you are interested in building the Financial Industry Business Data Models, I’d like to warmly invite you to join the Open Financial Industry Business Ontology initiative. A few details: – FIBO is open, i.e., the “fibo” GitHub repository is public. – FIBO is released under MIT license. – All documentation relevant to understanding and developing FIBO is in GitHub (see e.g. FIBO ontology guide). – All changes in FIBO are discussed publicly on GitHub. – FIBO Viewer allows browsing FIBO online. – We help in organizing working groups (please consider joining one of 3 currently active FIBO Working groups)

– We promote FIBO “external” products such as Jurgen’s FIB-DM (the ontology derived data model). Important! To join the FIBO Community, you do not have to be an ontologist or a Semantic Web ninja. It’s enough you are familiar with data modeling and/or know something about the financial domain. Please write an e-mail to to get more information.

Thank you!


Robert Trypuz, PhD FIBO Project Manager

EDM Council

#1: January

From:                                         Jurgen Ziemer

Sent:                                           Tuesday, January 21, 2020 6:11 AM

To:                                               FIB-DM Users

Subject:                                     Your FIBO Data Model – upcoming new version

Dear FIB-DM User,

You are among three hundred people who downloaded the Financial Industry Business Data Model (FIB-DM).

I am Jurgen Ziemer, the Data Architect/Ontologist who derived the data model from the Financial Industry Business Ontology (FIBO).

There will be a new version of the Open Source Data Model coming out this spring. I plan to send new download links to active users via this distribution list, rather than having you submit the download form again.

Beyond model releases, I also want to update you on new FIB-DM LinkedIn posts, free data model education PowerPoints, the YouTube channel, and on occasion, the benefits of upgrading to the Full FIBO Data Model.

Breaking News: The Enterprise Data Management Council (EDMC) made FIB-DM the “official” FIBO Data Model. See the new FIB-DM external Product page on the EDMC website:     

The Global Association of Financial Institutions takes notice of you, council member data modelers leveraging their industry standard.

Thanks again for using the FIBO Data Model. I welcome your questions, comments, and suggestions about the model and user community.

Best regards


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