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Requirements Engineering for the Design of Conceptual Modeling Languages - a goal- and value-oriented approach
De Kinderen, Sybren; Ma, Qin
2015In Applied Ontology
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Keywords :
modeling language design; requirements engineering; goal modeling
Abstract :
[en] Conceptual modeling languages are purposeful artifacts, hence their design should also start from the purpose that they serve. Such purposeful design addresses the requirements engineering concern of a language specification being aligned with the goals of its users. Thereby relevance of the language is ensured, instead of developing a language for language’s sake. We posit that this addresses some known issues that are due to a misalignment between a language’s specification and the goals of its intended users. In this paper, we introduce vGREL, a goal- and value-oriented approach for purposeful language development. vGREL helps language engineers to start the design of conceptual modeling languages with requirements engineering exercises. To this end vGREL provides (1) a purpose driven requirements engineering process for language design; (2) a value profile for the Goaloriented Requirements Language (GRL) to enable analysis and reasoning during the process and capture its results; and leverages (3) the software tool support of GRL for decision making during language design. To illustrate vGREL, we apply it to a case study on responsibility-based access rights management. Furthermore, we present reflections on vGREL from the language engineer involved in the case study.
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Computer science
Author, co-author :
De Kinderen, Sybren ;  University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Science, Technology and Communication (FSTC) > Computer Science and Communications Research Unit (CSC)
Ma, Qin 
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Requirements Engineering for the Design of Conceptual Modeling Languages - a goal- and value-oriented approach
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Applied Ontology
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Peer reviewed
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FNR - Fonds National de la Recherche [LU]
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