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Architecture specification of service-oriented systems through semantic web technologies

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2007
Biçer, Veli
This thesis presents a semantic-based modeling approach for describing Service-Oriented Architectures (SOA). Ontologies are utilized as a major representation mechanism for describing various elements available in the architecture. The methodology proposes an architecture specification mechanism to constuct a unified ontology that enables transition from design concerns to the modeling elements. A multi-level modeling is also achieved by employing Model-Driven Engineering (MDE) techniques to describe various models at different stages of the software architecture. This aims to organize service-oriented models within a number of architecture viewpoints in order to provide an architectural perspective for SOA. The use of ontologies for model specification also allows us to make use of ontology mapping to specify the transformation between different models. Additionally, we present a case study to demonstrate the proposed methodology on a real-world healthcare scenario.