The Financial Industry Business Ontology (FIBO) defines the sets of things that are of interest in financial business applications and the ways that those things can relate to one another. In this way, FIBO can give meaning to any data (e.g., spreadsheets, relational databases, XML documents) that describe the business of finance.
FIBO is hosted and sponsored by the Enterprise Data Management Council (EDMC) and is published in a number of formats for operating use and business definitions. FIBO is a trademark of EDM Council, Inc. It is also standardized by the Object Management Group (OMG).
FIBO is developed as an ontology in the Web Ontology Language (OWL). The language is codified by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), and it is based on Description Logic. The use of logic ensures that each FIBO concept is framed in a way that is unambiguous and that is readable both by humans and machines.