Ontologies for Software Engineering and Software Technology

by Coral Calero, Francisco Ruiz,

Communication is one of the main activities in software projects, many such projects fail or encounter serious problems because the stakeholders involved have different understandings of the problem domain and/or they use different terminologies. Ontologies can help to mitigate these communication problems.

Calero and her coeditors mainly cover two applications of ontologies in software engineering and software techonology: sharing knowledge of the problem domain and using a common terminology among all stakeholders; and filtering the knowledge when defining models and metamodels.

The editors structured the contributions into three parts: first, a detailed introduction into the use of ontologies in software engineering and software technology in general; second, the use of ontologies to conceptualize different process-related domains such as software maintenance, software measurement, or SWEBOK, initiated by IEEE; third, the use of ontologies as artifacts in several software processes, like, for example, in OMG’s MOF or MDA.

By presenting the advanced use of ontologies in software research and software projects, this book is of benefit to software engineering researchers in both academia and industry.

  • Springer Berlin Heidelberg; October 2006
  • ISBN: 9783540345183
  • Read online, or download in secure PDF format
  • Title: Ontologies for Software Engineering and Software Technology
  • Author: Coral Calero (ed.); Francisco Ruiz (ed.); Mario Piattini (ed.)
  • Imprint: Springer

In The Press

From the reviews:

"It is difficult to find another book that offers such high-quality insight into ontologies and provides the reader with a specific view of applications of ontologies in SET. By presenting advanced uses of ontologies, this book can benefit a wide range of highly educated software engineering researchers and practitioners: professors, postgraduate students, and professionals in industrial research and development departments. … it is well written and will be enjoyable for all involved in the software engineering domain." (M. Ivanovic, ACM Computing Reviews, Vol. 49 (2), February, 2008)

About The Author

Francisco Ruiz is associate professor in the Computer Science Department at the University of Castilla-La Mancha (UCLM) and Vice-Director of the Alarcos Research Group. He has been Dean of the UCLM Computer Science School for seven years and Data Processing Director at the same University for four years. His current research interests include: business process management systems, software process technology and modeling, software maintenance, and software projects planning and managing.

Coral Calero is Associate Professor in the Computer Science Department at the University of Castilla-La Mancha (UCLM). Her research interests are: software quality metrics, quality models, web and portal quality, databases and data warehouse quality and software architectures.

Mario Piattini is a Certified Information System Auditor and a Certified information System Manager by ISACA (Information System Audit and Control Association) as well as a Full Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Castilla-La Mancha, in Ciudad Real, Spain. He leads the ALARCOS research group of the Department of Computer Science at the University of Castilla-La Mancha, in Ciudad Real, Spain. His research interests are: advanced databases, database quality, software metrics, security and audit, software maintenance.