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Re: RDF annotation for UML models?

From: Steve Gollery <sgollery@cadrc.calpoly.edu>
Date: Fri, 10 Sep 2004 08:58:46 -0700
Message-ID: <4141CF36.2010002@cadrc.calpoly.edu>
To: www-rdf-interest@w3.org

We can (and probably will) translate the UML into OWL, but at some point 
we need to refer (somehow) to the contents of an existing shared UML 

The main thing I was hoping to find (maybe this is the way I should have 
asked the question in the first place) was whether there was existing 
work on representing the purpose of a model or a model fragment. The 
goal is that someone would be able to describe a new system in terms of 
some ontology, and then a search engine would be able to find models in 
the repository that subsume or are subsumed by parts of that description.

If I could find existing ontologies for describing software systems, not 
just the architecture but the purpose of each part of the system, that 
would be a major help in this project.

Any pointers?

Steve Gollery

David Price wrote:
> Question for Steve: Must the UML model fragments remain in UML? We've done
> some work translating UML into OWL and then using the OWL representation of
> the Dublin Core to annontate that. The UML to OWL translation is purely
> structural though, no analysis to make the result useful for a reasoner, and
> only a subset of Static Class Diagrams works
> (see http://www.exff.org/docs/u2o_mapping.html ). It's a funny subset
> because it's the same subset used in a UML to ISO EXPRESS mapping.
> Comment on UML/RDFS: The in-work OMG standard for Ontology Definition
> Metamodels includes a MOF model of RDFS, OWL and SCL ISO 24707. The UML to
> OWL translator work mentioned above will track this standard once it's more
> stable.
> Cheers,
> David
>>-----Original Message-----
>>From: www-rdf-interest-request@w3.org 
>>[mailto:www-rdf-interest-request@w3.org] On Behalf Of Kianoush Eshaghi
>>Sent: 10 September 2004 08:59
>>To: 'Steve Gollery'; www-rdf-interest@w3.org
>>Subject: AW: RDF annotation for UML models?
>>This topic interests me also, because I think UML models 
>>could de emphasized by involving RDF/OWL. There is a elderly 
>>article "A Discussion of the Relationship Between RDF-Schema 
>>and UML" http://www.w3.org/TR/1998/NOTE-rdf-uml-19980804/, 
>>but the subject has not been followed unfortunately any more.
>>freundliche Gruesse / best regards
>>Dipl.-Ing. Kianoush Eshaghi     T +43 1 74040-652
>>METADAT - The Architect for Knowledge Networks
>>>-----Ursprungliche Nachricht-----
>>>Von: www-rdf-interest-request@w3.org 
>>>[mailto:www-rdf-interest-request@w3.org]Im Auftrag von Steve Gollery
>>>Gesendet: Donnerstag, 9. September 2004 20:37
>>>An: www-rdf-interest@w3.org
>>>Betreff: RDF annotation for UML models?
>>>Can anyone point me to projects involving annotating UML model 
>>>fragments with RDF or OWL? What I'm looking for are tools 
>>that would 
>>>allow designers to describe the meaning and purpose of a 
>>fragment, so 
>>>that other designers could search a model repository based on a
>>>of the characteristics and requirements of a new system.
>>>Are there projects that address this area?
>>>Steve Gollery
>>>Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, CA
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