On Metamodeling in Megamodels

  • Dragan Gašević
  • Nima Kaviani
  • Marek Hatala
Conference paper

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-540-75209-7_7

Volume 4735 of the book series Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS)
Cite this paper as:
Gašević D., Kaviani N., Hatala M. (2007) On Metamodeling in Megamodels. In: Engels G., Opdyke B., Schmidt D.C., Weil F. (eds) Model Driven Engineering Languages and Systems. MODELS 2007. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 4735. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg

Abstract

Model-Driven Engineering (MDE) introduced the notion of metamodeling as the main means for defining modeling languages. As a well organized engineering discipline, MDE should also have its theory clearly defined in terms of the relationships between key MDE concepts. Following the spirit of MDE, where models are first class citizens, even the MDE theory can be defined by models, or so called megamodels. In this paper, we use Favre’s megamodel that was already used for defining linguistic metamodeling. Starting from the premise that this megamodel can also be used for defining other MDE concepts, we use it to specify the notion of ontological metamodeling. Here, we show that in order for this megamodel to be able to fully capture all the concepts of ontological metamodeling, some refinements should be applied to its definition. We also show how these new changes are in the same direction with the work of Kühne in defining linguistic and ontological metamodels.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dragan Gašević
    • 1
  • Nima Kaviani
    • 2
  • Marek Hatala
    • 2
  1. 1.Athabasca UniversityCanada
  2. 2.Simon Fraser University SurreyCanada