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An ontology-based framework for domain-specific modeling

An ontology-based framework for domain-specific modeling
An ontology-based framework for domain-specific modeling
Domain-specific languages (DSLs) provide abstractions and notations for better understanding and easier modeling of applications in a special domain. Current shortcomings of DSLs include learning curve and formal semantics. This paper reports on a framework that allows the use of ontology technologies to describe and reason on DSLs. The formal semantics of OWL together with reasoning services allows for addressing constraint definition, progressive evaluation, suggestions, and debugging. The approach integrates existing metamodels and concrete syntaxes in a new technical space. A scenario in which domain models for network devices are created illustrates the framework.
1619-1366
83-108
Walter, Tobias
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Parreiras, Fernando Silva
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Staab, Steffen
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Walter, Tobias
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Parreiras, Fernando Silva
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Staab, Steffen
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Walter, Tobias, Parreiras, Fernando Silva and Staab, Steffen (2014) An ontology-based framework for domain-specific modeling. Software and Systems Modeling, 13 (1), 83-108. (doi:10.1007/s10270-012-0249-9).

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Domain-specific languages (DSLs) provide abstractions and notations for better understanding and easier modeling of applications in a special domain. Current shortcomings of DSLs include learning curve and formal semantics. This paper reports on a framework that allows the use of ontology technologies to describe and reason on DSLs. The formal semantics of OWL together with reasoning services allows for addressing constraint definition, progressive evaluation, suggestions, and debugging. The approach integrates existing metamodels and concrete syntaxes in a new technical space. A scenario in which domain models for network devices are created illustrates the framework.

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Accepted/In Press date: 10 April 2012
e-pub ahead of print date: 24 April 2012
Published date: April 2014

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Local EPrints ID: 413615
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/413615
ISSN: 1619-1366
PURE UUID: e54d418a-8a82-4de1-bb24-76b2a4ba38ff
ORCID for Steffen Staab: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-0780-4154

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Last modified: 29 Aug 2019 00:32

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Author: Tobias Walter
Author: Fernando Silva Parreiras
Author: Steffen Staab ORCID iD

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