Information Systems Frontiers

, Volume 14, Issue 5, pp 1019–1032 | Cite as

Applying ontology-based blog to detect information system post-development change requests conflicts

  • Chi-Lun Liu
  • Heng-Li Yang


Post-development change requests are user requirements for information systems changes after development. Conflicts might occur as contradictive or inconsistent relationships between requests and existing system design. Detecting conflicts in post-developmenet change requests is an important task during requests management processes. To address this topic, this article proposes an ontology-based blog for automatically discovering conflicts in the extended use-case models of requests from users. This study proposed an information system maintenance process. The proposed approach applies ontologies to represent domain knowledge. A set of rules are used to detect conflicts. This study developed a prototype and invited two companies to evaluate it. Usage feedback opinions about ontology-based blog from two companies indicated the usefulness. The ontology-based blog is a relatively new approach which bridge requirements blogs with a formal and machine interpretable representational model. The automatic conflicts detection capability of the ontology-based blog can reduce the labor cost in requirements analysis phase.


Information system maintenance Ontology-based blog Requirements conflict detection Ontologies 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Information and Electronic CommerceKainan UniversityLuzhu ShiangTaiwan
  2. 2.Department of Management Information SystemsNational Cheng-Chi UniversityTaipeiTaiwan

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