Ontological Distinctions between Means-End and Contribution Links in the i* Framework

R. Guizzardi-Silva Souza, Xavier Franch, G. Guizzardi, Roelf J. Wieringa

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    The i* framework is a renowned Requirements Engineering approach. This work is part of an ongoing effort to provide ontological interpretations for the i* core concepts. With this, we aim at proposing a more uniform use of the language, in a way that it can be more easily learned by newcomers and more efficiently transferred to industry. Our approach is based on the application of a foundational ontology named UFO, which is used as a semantically coherent reference model to which the language should be isomorphic. In this paper, we focus on the Means-end and the Contribution links. We aim at presenting the community with some possible ontological interpretations of these links, aiming at promoting constructive debate and receiving feedback about the validity of our assumptions.
    Original languageUndefined
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 32th International Conference on Conceptual Modeling, ER 2013
    EditorsWilfred Ng, Veda C. Storey, Juan C. Trujillo
    Place of PublicationLondon
    Number of pages8
    ISBN (Print)978-3-642-41923-2
    Publication statusPublished - Nov 2013
    Event32th International Conference on Conceptual Modeling, ER 2013 - Hong-Kong, China
    Duration: 11 Nov 201313 Nov 2013

    Publication series

    NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
    PublisherSpringer Verlag
    ISSN (Print)0302-9743
    ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


    Conference32th International Conference on Conceptual Modeling, ER 2013
    OtherNovember 11-13, 2013


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