The REA-DSL: A Domain Specific Modeling Language for Business Models

  • Christian Sonnenberg
  • Christian Huemer
  • Birgit Hofreiter
  • Dieter Mayrhofer
  • Alessio Braccini
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6741)


In the discipline of accounting, the resource-event-agent (REA) ontology is a well accepted conceptual accounting framework to analyze the economic phenomena within and across enterprises. Accordingly, it seems to be appropriate to use REA in the requirements elicitation to develop an information architecture of accounting and enterprise information systems. However, REA has received comparatively less attention in the field of business informatics and computer science. Some of the reasons may be that the REA ontology despite of its well grounded core concepts is (1) sometimes vague in the definition of the relationships between these core concepts, (2) misses a precise language to describe the models, and (3) does not come with an easy to understand graphical notation. Accordingly, we have started developing a domain specific modeling language specifically dedicated to REA models and corresponding tool support to overcome these limitations. In this paper we present our REA DSL which supports the basic set of REA concepts.


Domain Specific Languages Conceptual Modeling Business Models Accounting Information Systems 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Christian Sonnenberg
    • 2
  • Christian Huemer
    • 1
  • Birgit Hofreiter
    • 2
  • Dieter Mayrhofer
    • 1
  • Alessio Braccini
    • 3
  1. 1.TUViennaAustria
  2. 2.University of LiechtensteinLiechtenstein
  3. 3.LUISS UniversityItaly

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