Conference Paper

A MOF-Compliant Approach to Software Quality Modeling

DOI: 10.1007/11568322_12 Conference: Conceptual Modeling - ER 2005, 24th International Conference on Conceptual Modeling, Klagenfurt, Austria, October 24-28, 2005, Proceedings
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ABSTRACT

Software quality is a many-faceted concept that depends on the kind of artifact to be measured, the context where measurement
takes place, the quality framework used, and others. Furthermore, there is a great deal of standards, white papers, and in
general proposals of any kind related to software quality. Consequently, a unified software quality framework seems to be
needed to compare, combine or select these proposals and to define new ones. In this paper we propose a MOF-compliant approach
for structuring quality models in order to formalise software quality issues and deal with quality information modelling.
We propose two types of models: a generic model, situated in the M2 MOF layer; and a hierarchy of reference models, defined
in the M1 and M0 MOF layers. The generic model elements are derived from the UML metamodel by specialization. Then, we can
instantiate them to get reference models that formalise (combinations of) existing proposals which may be further refined
for defining quality frameworks to be used in different experiences. Each of these models is divided into three parts, namely
fundamental concepts, metrics and context. We illustrate our proposal providing a multi-level reference model in the context
of collection libraries quality evaluation.

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