Ontological Analysis of KAOS Using Separation of Reference

Raimundas Matulevicius, Patrick Heymans, Andreas Opdahl

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Goal modelling is emerging as a central requirements engineering (RE) technique. Unfortunately, current goal-oriented languages are not interop- erable with one another or with modelling languages that address other model- ling perspectives. This is a problem because the emerging generation of model- driven information systems are likely to depend on coordinated use of several modelling languages to represent different perspectives on the enterprise and its proposed information system. The paper applies a structured approach to de- scribe a well-known goal-oriented language, KAOS, by mapping it onto a phi- losophically grounded ontology. The structured approach facilitates language interoperability because, when other languages are described using the same approach, they become mapped onto the same ontology. The approach thereby provides an intermediate language for comparison, consistency checking, up- date reflection, view synchronisation and, eventually, model-to-model transla- tion both between goal-oriented languages and between different languages.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCAiSE 2006, Proceedings of Workshops and Doctorial Consortium
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 11th CAiSE¿06 International Workshop on Exploring Modeling Methods in Systems Analysis and Design (EMMSAD¿06)
EditorsT Latour, M Petit
Place of PublicationBelgium
PublisherNamur University Press
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)10:2-87037-525-5
Publication statusPublished - 2006


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