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Ontological Approach for the Semantic Recovery of Traceability Links between Software Artifacts

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TitleOntological Approach for the Semantic Recovery of Traceability Links between Software Artifacts
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2008
Refereed DesignationRefereed
AuthorsZhang, Y., R. Witte, J. Rilling, and V. Haarslev
JournalIET Software
Volume2
Issue3
Pagination185--203
Date PublishedJune
ISSN1751-8806
Abstract

Traceability links provide support for software engineers in understanding relations and dependencies among software artefacts created during the software development process. The authors focus on re-establishing traceability links between existing source code and documentation to support software maintenance. They present a novel approach that addresses this issue by creating formal ontological representations for both documentation and source code artefacts. Their approach recovers traceability links at the semantic level, utilising structural and semantic information found in various software artefacts. These linked ontologies are supported by ontology reasoners to allow the inference of implicit relations among these software artefacts.

Notes

Special issue on Language Engineering

DOI10.1049/iet-sen:20070062
Copyright

Copyright © 2008 The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). This paper is a postprint of a paper submitted to and accepted for publication in IET Software and is subject to Institution of Engineering and Technology Copyright. The copy of record is available at the IET Digital Library, doi: 10.1049/iet-sen:20070062.

Impact Factor

0.543

History

Received 1 June 2007; revised 3 December 2007; published online 12 June 2008

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