Lifting Metamodels to Ontologies: A Step to the Semantic Integration of Modeling Languages

  • Gerti Kappel
  • Elisabeth Kapsammer
  • Horst Kargl
  • Gerhard Kramler
  • Thomas Reiter
  • Werner Retschitzegger
  • Wieland Schwinger
  • Manuel Wimmer
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4199)


The use of different modeling languages in software development makes their integration a must. Most existing integration approaches are metamodel-based with these metamodels representing both an abstract syntax of the corresponding modeling language and also a data structure for storing models. This implementation specific focus, however, does not make explicit certain language concepts, which can complicate integration tasks. Hence, we propose a process which semi-automatically lifts metamodels into ontologies by making implicit concepts in the metamodel explicit in the ontology. Thus, a shift of focus from the implementation of a certain modeling language towards the explicit reification of the concepts covered by this language is made. This allows matching on a solely conceptual level, which helps to achieve better results in terms of mappings that can in turn be a basis for deriving implementation specific transformation code.


Modeling Language Object Property Abstract Syntax Class Class Eclipse Modeling Framework 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gerti Kappel
    • 1
  • Elisabeth Kapsammer
    • 2
  • Horst Kargl
    • 1
  • Gerhard Kramler
    • 1
  • Thomas Reiter
    • 2
  • Werner Retschitzegger
    • 2
  • Wieland Schwinger
    • 3
  • Manuel Wimmer
    • 1
  1. 1.Business Informatics GroupVienna University of Technology 
  2. 2.Information Systems GroupJohannes Kepler University Linz 
  3. 3.Dept. of TelecooperationJohannes Kepler University Linz 

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