11. Model-Driven Specification of Ontology Translations

  1. Fernando Silva Parreiras

Published Online: 21 MAY 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118135068.ch11

Semantic Web and Model-Driven Engineering

Semantic Web and Model-Driven Engineering

How to Cite

Parreiras, F. S. (2012) Model-Driven Specification of Ontology Translations, in Semantic Web and Model-Driven Engineering, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9781118135068.ch11

Author Information

  1. FUMEC University, Brazil

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 21 MAY 2012
  2. Published Print: 1 JUN 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781118004173

Online ISBN: 9781118135068



  • abstract syntax;
  • model-based ontology translation language (MBOTL);
  • model-driven engineering (MDE);
  • ontology translations;
  • textual concrete syntax


This chapter proposes a platform-independent approach for ontology translations, based on model-driven engineering (MDE) of ontology alignments. It explains the running example and the requirements for ontology translation approaches. The chapter then describes the solution, followed by examples. It discusses the requirements evaluation, and presents related work. Model-based ontology translation language (MBOTL) defined in this chapter comprises (1) a textual concrete syntax used to write translation rules, (2) an integrated metamodel as abstract syntax to represent the translation rules as models, (3) an extensible model library to provide built-in constructs, and (4) model transformations yielding translational semantics. The solution is comprised of a concrete syntax, an integration metamodel covering OWL, MOF, OCL, and ATL metamodels, and model transformations from MOBTL into SPARQL and Java.

Controlled Vocabulary Terms

knowledge representation languages; language translation; software engineering