Semantic units and connectors: towards domain knowledge reuse

  • Corine Cauvet
  • Farida Semmak
Part of the IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology book series (IFIPAICT)


This paper presents a reuse-based approach in the context of conceptual modelling. A precondition for reusability is the existence of reusable components; our belief is that domain engineering facilitates the identification and capture of generic structures for families of applications. The domain modelling approach we propose in this paper is based upon two knowledge basic building blocks: semantic units and semantic connectors. A semantic unit captures a pattern dealing with domain object behaviour considered within a particular context. Semantic connectors prescribe the ways in which semantic units can be connected together. Distinguishing between semantic units and connectors allows to build complex generic models much richer than classic libraries of components. Furthermore, semantic units and semantic connectors are associated with mechanisms increasing genericity and the ability to capture common properties as well as the discriminant ones for a set of applications of the same domain. These mechanisms are powerful for increasing both the applicability of a generic model and supporting an efficient component retrieval process.


Reusability domain analysis generic model reusable component 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Corine Cauvet
    • 1
  • Farida Semmak
    • 2
  1. 1.Univ. de PARIS I/IAEParisFrance
  2. 2.Univ. de PARIS I/CRIParisFrance

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