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Eighth International Network Conference (INC 2010)

Eighth International Network Conference (INC 2010)
Heidelberg, Germany, July 6-8, 2010
ISBN: 978-1-84102-259-8

Title: Finding Reusable Units of Modelling - an Ontology Approach
Author(s): Marcus Zinn, Klaus Peter Fischer-Hellmann, Andy D Phippen, Alois Schütte
Reference: pp377-386
Keywords: Finding of Units of Modelling, Services, Class, Components, Service-based Software Construction,, Ontology, Searching Behaviour
Abstract: Today's software units (classes, components and services) have a huge number of information that is needed or produced during the development and use of these units. In fact, a single piece of information can have different values depending on the point of time in the entire lifecycle. The availability of certain information, as for example documentation, determines among other things the capabilities of a unit. Again other information is necessary and critical for the success of the entire development process when applying certain procedure models. Retrieval of these units and their contents is important for re-use. There are no suitable models that consider the different units and their contents. Also the current searching behaviour of software developers and architects has not been covered yet. Due to this fact the benefits in performing reusing software units and the development of software processes is decreasing.
This paper discusses an ontology approach which can be used as a foundation for the search of such units. Moreover, this part of the ontology is focused which deals with the actual searching behaviour of software developers and the finding of units.

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