Paper 201 (In-Use track)

Requirements specification and ontology building

Author(s): Julia Szota-Pachowicz

Abstract: The connection point between requirements specification and ontology is an explicit formal specification. Sharing knowledge is crucial for these both activities. Building an ontology in parallel with requirements specification activity leads to produce better quality specification, helps to understand the domain knowledge and to find a consensus on the content between engineers and end users. The purpose of requirements specification is to clearly define the functionality of the application in order to design it properly and implement it. In this case, the ontology describes knowledge that the requirements specification provides. The usage of ontologies to the problem of describing the functionality of the system can be used in further development and integration with other applications.

Keywords: ontology; requirements specification; UML

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