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Describing W2000 Using RDF When the Meaning is Essential

Describing W2000 Using RDF When the Meaning is Essential
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Author(s): Luca Contursi (Universita degli Studi di Lecce, Italy)and Roberto Paiano (Universita degli Studi di Lecce, Italy)
Copyright: 2003
Pages: 4
Source title: Information Technology & Organizations: Trends, Issues, Challenges & Solutions
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-066-0.ch020
ISBN13: 9781616921248
EISBN13: 9781466665330


A powerful methodology for the conceptual modeling of hypermedia and Web applications is a must for designers. In addition to the advantages of easily and fully expressing an idea and of discussing it with the customer, to better understand what he needs, a conceptual design helps the designers managing the complexity and letting them completely describe how the application will be and how it will appear to different users and on different devices. Every schema they produce will be precious for people who will develop the application, using any language or in any environment, for anyone who will work on it. But, in order to get the best result and to be sure that every effort will give what the designers expect, we must be sure that the model is fully understood by everyone. The meaning of each schema must be absolutely clear. This is even a bigger problem when the output of the modeling activity is used to feed a prototyping system or a development framework: the meaning must not be lost in each step. That’s why we use RDF as a common language to describe every piece of the application. The W2000 model itself has been translated in RDF schemas with all the stereotypes fully described and ready to be directly referenced while building an application. We are persuaded that our RDF meta-description of W2000 will let us completely take advantage of the object oriented nature of the model itself and that this one can be the right choice, in this phase of W2000’s research, in which we plan to get the methodology closer to a development-oriented point of view.

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