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Domain-Specific Visual Languages for Specifying and Generating Data Mapping Systems
 

Summary: Domain-Specific Visual Languages for Specifying and Generating
Data Mapping Systems
J.C. Grundy, J.G. Hosking, R.W. Amor, W.B. Mugridge, and Y. Li
Department of Computer Science, University of Auckland
Private Bag 92019, Auckland, New Zealand
Abstract
Many application domains, including enterprise systems integration, health informatics and
construction IT, require complex data to be transformed from one format to another. We have
developed several tools to support specification and generation of such data mappings using
domain-specific visual languages. We describe motivation for this work, challenges in developing
visual mapping metaphors for different target users and problem domains, and illustrate using
examples from several of our developed systems. We compare cognitive dimensions-based
evaluations of the different approaches and summarise the lessons we have learned.
1. Introduction
One of the most common problems in computing is the need to keep multiple views and
representations of the same information consistent [13, 16, 32]. Our work in this area has
explored consistency management and data mapping approaches in domains as varied as software
engineering tools [15], computer integrated construction [2, 3], clinical decision support [16],
web services [44], adaptive user interfaces [17], visual notation mapping, and enterprise
application integration [6, 18]. Much of this has focused on making consistency management

  

Source: Amor, Robert - Department of Computer Science, University of Auckland

 

Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences