Project objectives

The Next Generation Modelling Framework enables the translation and integration of unstructured, semiformalised and formalised models by applying semantic - and meta model techniques, in order to enable an integration and transformation among existing standards, tools and frameworks to realise the IT-Socket.

Objective 1: The Next Generation Modelling Framework - The Specification and Research

The model based approach uses graphics and pictures in supporting domain experts to express their knowledge, as this has been successful over the last decades when it comes to expressing knowledge. Graphical models have the advantage that besides the intuitive expressiveness of diagrams, there is a formalism that describes the meaning of the diagram.

The Next Generation Modelling Framework starts with the premise that domain experts use a variety of graphical modelling languages. A business process for example can either be modelled using EPC, BPMN, ADONIS® or any other business process notation. Similarly, an IT-landscape can be modelled in the UML or in ADOit® notation. Each of the above modelling languages has a different format, a different level of expressiveness and a different graphical representation, but shares some parts of the same knowledge.

Objective 2: The Next Generation Modelling Framework - The Tool Implementation

There is a large variety of modelling tools, ranging from informal, unstructured, text-based to semistructured and formal ones. Different tools are used for different purposes and it is quite common to encounter both unstructured and structured modelling methods in place for the same business. As most of the tools are already in use, the challenge is therefore not to implement another modelling tool, but instead implement a framework that integrates the existing modelling tools, to make them interoperable and to fill the framework with services to ensure a commercial take off.