A Conceptual Framework for Large-scale Ecosystem Interoperability

M. Selway, M. Stumptner, W. Mayer, A. Jordan, G. Grossmann, M. Schrefl
Schr15c (2015)
Conceptual Modeling - 34th International Conference, ER 2015, Stockholm, Sweden, October 19-22, 2015, Proceedings, Eds.: Paul Johannesson, Mong-Li Lee, Stephen W. Liddle, Andreas L. Opdahl, Oscar Pastor López, Springer Verlag, Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS Vol. 9381), ISBN 978-3-319-25263-6, pp. 287-301, 2015.
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Abstract (English)

Abstract. One of the most significant challenges in information system design is the constant and increasing need to establish interoperability between heterogeneous software systems at increasing scale. The automated translation of data between the data models and languages used by information ecosystems built around official or de facto standards is best addressed using model-driven engineering techniques, but requires handling both data and multiple levels of metadata within a single model. Standard modelling approaches are generally not built for this, compromising modelling outcomes. We establish the SLICER conceptual framework built on multilevel modelling principles and the differentiation of basic semantic relations that dynamically structure the model and can capture existing multilevel notions. Moreover, it provides a natural propagation of constraints over multiple levels of instantiation. Keywords: Metamodelling, Conceptual models, Multilevel modelling