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An ontology-based approach for modelling architectural styles

Pahl, Claus and Giesecke, Simon and Hasselbring, Wilhelm (2007) An ontology-based approach for modelling architectural styles. In: The European Conference on Software Architecture ECSA’2007. , 24-26 Sept 2007, Madrid, Spain.

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The conceptual modelling of software architectures is of central importance for the quality of a software system. A rich modelling language is required to integrate the different aspects of architecture modelling, such as architectural styles, structural and behavioural modelling, into a coherent framework.We propose an ontological approach for architectural style modelling based on description logic as an abstract, meta-level modelling instrument. Architectural styles are often neglected in software architectures. We introduce a framework for style definition and style combination. The link between quality requirements and conceptual modelling of architectural styles is investigated. The application of the ontological framework in the form of an integration into existing architectural description notations such as ACME and UML-based approaches, and also service ontologies is illustrated.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Event Type:Conference
Uncontrolled Keywords:Software architecture modelling; architecture ontology; architectural style; description logics; quality-driven development
Subjects:Computer Science > Software engineering
DCU Faculties and Centres:DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Engineering and Computing > School of Computing
Published in:Software Architecture. Lecture Notes in Computer Science 4758. Springer-Verlag.
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Copyright Information:© 2007 Springer-Verlag. The original publication is available at
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ID Code:15954
Deposited On:24 Jun 2011 16:02 by Shane Harper. Last Modified 24 Jun 2011 16:02

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