What's in a Name?

Simon Perry, Stephen Powley

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Abstract

Architectures are an important part of Systems Engineering and should be based on architecture frameworks (AFs). Techniques exist to help organisations create robust AFs, such as the Framework for Architecture Frameworks (FAF), which is based on agreeing a set of defined terms (Ontology Elements) and the relationships between them (Ontology Relationships), collecting these together in an Ontology.
However, even when using such techniques, two main problems arise: terms with different names but the same meaning, and terms with the same name but different meanings. A number of changes and additions to the FAF are discussed that address the above naming problems. These changes force the distinction between Ontology Elements and Relationships that are common across all those working in a particular domain (an industry, field of research etc.), creating a Domain Ontology, and those Ontology Elements and Relationships used in a particular context (organisation, project, team etc.), creating a Context Ontology. The changes also ensure that these domain Ontology Elements and Relationships and context Ontology Elements and Relationships are mapped to each other. Examples are given of how these changes and additions are used.
Areas for further research are also discussed. These include: complex mappings between Ontology Elements and Relationships; the need for a “conflicts with” relationship as part of the solution for complex mappings; coverage metrics that measure how much of a Domain Ontology is covered by a Context Ontology and how much of a Context Ontology is the same as a Domain Ontology.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - Annual Systems Engineering Conference 2019
Subtitle of host publicationCelebrating the Future of Systems Engineering
PublisherINCOSE UK
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 20 Nov 2019
EventAnnual Systems Engineering Conference 2019: Celebrating the Future of Systems Engineering - The Royal Armories Museum, Leeds, United Kingdom
Duration: 19 Nov 201920 Nov 2019
Conference number: 11
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Conference

ConferenceAnnual Systems Engineering Conference 2019
Abbreviated titleASEC 2019
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityLeeds
Period19/11/1920/11/19
Internet address

Keywords

  • ontology
  • ontologies
  • Architectural frameworks
  • architecture
  • context
  • domain
  • Domain Ontology
  • context ontology
  • MBSE
  • model based systems engineering

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    Perry, S., & Powley, S. (2019). What's in a Name? In Proceedings - Annual Systems Engineering Conference 2019: Celebrating the Future of Systems Engineering INCOSE UK.