MDA-based Automatic OWL Ontology Development

  • Dragan GaševićEmail author
  • Dragan Djurić
  • Vladan Devedžić
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This paper presents an eXtensible Stylesheet Language Transformation (XSLT)-based approach for automatic generation of the Web Ontology Language (OWL) from a UML model. Similar solutions that treat this problem are mostly partial since they do not use full metamodeling potentials. Although they emphasize the notion of the use UML for ontology development and propose necessary transformations into Semantic Web languages (e.g., RDF Schema, DAML, DAML+OIL), their UML models must be further refined using ontology-specialized tool. None of these approaches enables instance modeling and generation of OWL ontologies. In our efforts to make ontological and software engineering techniques closer, we have firstly defined ontology metamodeling architecture using Model Driven Architecture (MDA) concepts. This architecture consists of the Ontology Definition Metamodel defined using Meta Object Facility (MOF) and based on the OWL, as well as the related Ontology UML Profile (OUP). A transformation, that we present here, extends this metamodeling architecture and transforms an ontology from its OUP definition (i.e., XML Metadata Interchange – XMI) into the OWL description. Accordingly, we illustrate how an OUP-developed ontology can be shared with ontological engineering tools (i.e., Protégé).


Ontology development Model Driven Architecture UML Profile OWL XSLT 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dragan Gašević
    • 1
    Email author
  • Dragan Djurić
    • 2
  • Vladan Devedžić
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Interactive Arts and TechnologySimon Fraser University SurreySurreyCanada
  2. 2.FON – School of Business AdministrationUniversity of BelgradeBelgradeSerbia and Montenegro

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