Using a foundational ontology to investigate the semantics behind the concepts of the i* language

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

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    In the past few years, the community that develops i* has become aware of the problem of having so many variants, since it makes it difficult for newcomers to learn how to use the language and even to experts to efficiently exchange knowledge and disseminate their proposals. Moreover, this problem also delays the transfer of the i* framework to industrial settings. Our work is one of the current attempts to promote interoperability among the existing variants, and it does that by investigating the semantics behind the i* core concepts. For that, we apply 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 report on the steps we have pursued, what we have accomplished so far, also setting the context for the work ahead.
    Original languageUndefined
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 6th International i* Workshop (iStar 2013)
    EditorsJ. Castro, J. Horkhoff, N. Maiden, E. Yu
    Place of PublicationEurope
    Number of pages6
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 2013
    Event6th International i* Workshop, iStar 2013 - Valencia, Spain
    Duration: 17 Jun 201318 Jun 2013

    Publication series

    ISSN (Print)1613-0073


    Workshop6th International i* Workshop, iStar 2013
    Other17-18 June 2013


    • SCS-Services
    • EWI-23794
    • language interoperability
    • iStar
    • IR-87986
    • Semantics
    • Foundational Ontology
    • METIS-300056
    • UFO

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