Hera: Engineering Web Applications Using Semantic Web-based Models

  • Kees van der Sluijs
  • Geert-Jan Houben
  • Erwin Leonardi
  • Jan Hidders


In this chapter, we consider the contribution of models and model-driven approaches based on Semantic Web for the development of Web applications. The model-driven web engineering approach, that separates concerns on different abstraction level in the application design process, allows for more robust and structural design of web applications. This is illustrated by the use of Hera, an approach from the class of Web engineering methods that relies on models expressed using RDF(S) and an RDF(S) query language. It illustrates how models and in particular models that fit with the ideas and concepts from the Semantic Web allow to approach the design and engineering of modern, open and heterogeneous Web based systems. In the presented approach, adaptation and personalization are a main aspect and it is illustrated how they are expressed using semantic data models and languages. Also specific features of Hera are discussed, like interoperability between applications in user modeling, aspect orientation in Web design and graphical tool support for Web application design.


User Model Application Model Service Object Cold Start Problem Aspect Orientation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kees van der Sluijs
    • 1
  • Geert-Jan Houben
    • 2
  • Erwin Leonardi
    • 2
  • Jan Hidders
    • 2
  1. 1.Eindhoven University of TechnologyEindhovenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Delft University of TechnologyDelftThe Netherlands

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