Supporting the Linked Data Approach to Maintain Coherence Across Rich EMF Models

  • Jad El-KhouryEmail author
  • Cecilia Ekelin
  • Christian Ekholm
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9764)


In many development environments, Model-Driven Engineering (MDE) may well be limited to parts of the complete product development process due to the lack of interoperability mechanisms that connect the product data across the model-based engineering tools being used. This is especially the case if the tools are not designed to work tightly together, and/or if they do not share a common technological basis. In this paper, we investigate the use of the OASIS OSLC interoperability standard to facilitate the integration of models from different languages into a single coherent view. We evaluate a fully-automated code generator that provides OSLC interfaces for EMF-based modelling tools, allowing the exposure of modelling elements from any rich modelling language. We argue that such a generator is a critical component for reducing the cost of providing rich and specialized tool interfaces, generally needed when integrating modelling tools. The study is based on a case study that addresses the development process – and the corresponding integrated software engineering environment - at Volvo Trucks used when developing a new electronic architecture including heavy vehicle functions.


Linked data OSLC Tool integration Tool interoperability EMF Code generation Model-driven engineering 



The research leading to these results has received partial funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Program (FP7/2007-2013) for CRYSTAL – Critical System Engineering Acceleration Joint Undertaking under grant agreement No. 332830 and from Vinnova under DIARIENR 2012-04304.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jad El-Khoury
    • 1
    Email author
  • Cecilia Ekelin
    • 2
  • Christian Ekholm
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Machine DesignKTH Royal Institute of TechnologyStockholmSweden
  2. 2.Advanced Technology and ResearchVolvo Group Trucks TechnologyGothenburgSweden

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