GeRoMe: A Generic Role Based Metamodel for Model Management
The goal of Model Management is the development of new technologies and mechanisms to support the integration, evolution and matching of models. Such tasks are to be performed by means of a set of model management operators which work on models and their elements, without being restricted to a particular metamodel (e.g. the relational or UML metamodel). We propose that generic model management should employ a generic metamodel (GMM) which serves as an abstraction of the features of particular metamodels while preserving the semantics of its different elements. A naive generalization of the elements of concrete metamodels in generic metaclasses would loose some of the specific features of the metamodels, or yield a prohibitive number of metaclasses in the GMM. To avoid these problems, we propose the Generic Role Based Metamodel GeRoMe in which each model element is decorated with a set of role objects that represent specific properties of the model element. Roles may be added to or removed from elements at any time, which enables a very flexible and dynamic yet accurate definition of models. Roles constitute to operators different views on the same model element. Thus, operators concentrate on features which affect their functionality but may remain agnostic about other features. Consequently, these operators can use polymorphism and have to be implemented only once using GeRoMe, and not for each specific metamodel. We verified our results by implementing GeRoMe and a selection of model management operators using our metadata system ConceptBase.
In Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Ontologies, DataBases, and Applications of Semantics (ODBASE), Agia Napa, Cyprus, 2005
the 4th International Conference on Ontologies, DataBases, and Applications of Semantics (ODBASE), 2005 , Agia Napa , CY.