Capturing variability of law with Nómos 2

Alberto Siena, Ivan Jureta, Silvia Ingolfo, Angelo Susi, Anna Perini, John Mylopoulos

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Regulatory compliance is increasingly viewed as an essential element of requirements engineering. Laws, but also regulations and policies, frame their provisions through complex structures made of conditions, derogations, exceptions, which together generate a high number of alternative compliance solutions. This paper addresses the problem of modeling, exploring and selecting among alternatives in a variability space defined by laws. Our proposal includes a conceptual modeling framework for laws and reasoning techniques, called Nòmos 2. The proposal is evaluated with a fragment of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationConceptual Modeling - 31st International Conference, ER 2012, Proceedings
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - 8 Nov 2012
Event31st International Conference on Conceptual Modeling, ER 2012 - Florence, Italy
Duration: 15 Oct 201218 Oct 2012

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume7532 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference31st International Conference on Conceptual Modeling, ER 2012


  • regulatory compliance
  • requirement engineering
  • variability


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