Metamodel-based model conformance and multiview consistency checking

Richard F. Paige, Phillip J. Brooke, Jonathan S. Ostroff

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Model-driven development, using languages such as UML and BON, often makes use of multiple diagrams (e.g., class and sequence diagrams) when modeling systems. These diagrams, presenting different views of a system of interest, may be inconsistent. A metamodel provides a unifying framework in which to ensure and check consistency, while at the same time providing the means to distinguish between valid and invalid models, that is, conformance. Two formal specifications of the metamodel for an object-oriented modeling language are presented, and it is shown how to use these specifications for model conformance and multiview consistency checking. Comparisons are made in terms of completeness and the level of automation each provide for checking multiview consistency and model conformance. The lessons learned from applying formal techniques to the problems of metamodeling, model conformance, and multiview consistency checking are summarized.

Original languageEnglish
Article number11
Pages (from-to)B1-B49
Number of pages49
JournalACM Transactions on Software Engineering and Methodology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2007

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© 2007 ACM. This is the author’s version of the work. It is posted here by permission of the ACM for your personal use. Not for redistribution. The definitive version was published in ACM TOSEM 16(3), July 2007.


  • Design Tools and Techniques—Object-oriented design methods Design
  • Languages
  • Verification Metamodelling
  • multi-view consistency
  • formal methods
  • automated verification

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