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16 How to Use Ontologies and Modularization to Explicitly Describe the Concept Model of a Software Systems Architecture

Sunday, 26 October – 8:30-17:00 Full day

Petra Becker-Pechau, University of Hamburg, becker@informatik.uni-hamburg.de
Joerg Pechau, EDS, jop@j-o-p.de
Martin Lippert, it-wps Workplace Solutions Ltd., lippert@jwam.org

In software development projects it is necessary to find a common understanding of the architectural concept model. Concepts might be, for example, Business Objects, Services, or Forms. They provide the common "language" of the architects. To implement an adequate system architecture it is crucial for any software developer to share this "language."

Usually a class structure alone cannot provide enough strength of expression to represent a concept model, since concepts might include several classes and even other software artifacts.

We are looking for a structure above the class level, which comprises and communicates the additional semantics of the concept model. We will discuss ontologies to describe this structure.

Ideally, the concepts themselves, their relations, hierarchies, and extension points, i.e. the ontology, should be detectable on source code level. We will examine modularization concepts and component models for implementation.

Papers can range from academic research to practical experiences.

Keywords: Ontology, Modularization, Architecture