A Service Specification Framework for Developing Component-Based Software: A Case Study at the Port of Rotterdam

  • Linda Terlouw
  • Kees Eveleens Maarse
Part of the Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing book series (LNBIP, volume 34)


This paper describes the results of a case study conducted at the Port of Rotterdam, the largest port in Europe. The goal of the case study is to evaluate our Enterprise Ontology-based service specification framework for its use in component-based software development projects. During a Rational Unified Process (RUP)-project at the Port of Rotterdam we specified the required services for the first iterations using this framework. The framework contributed to early error discovery and awareness of important, but often overlooked, service aspects. Overall the service specification framework fulfilled the needs of the project, though some findings led to improvements in our framework.


Service Specification Component-Based Development Design Science Research Case Study 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Linda Terlouw
    • 1
  • Kees Eveleens Maarse
    • 2
  1. 1.Delft University of TechnologyDelftThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Port of RotterdamRotterdamThe Netherlands

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