Towards an XMI–Based Model Interchange Format for Graph Transformation Systems

TitleTowards an {XMI}–Based Model Interchange Format for Graph Transformation Systems
Publication TypeMiscellaneous
Year of Publication2000
AuthorsVarró, D., Varró, G., and Pataricza, A.
Date PublishedSeptember
PublisherBudapest University of Technology and Economics, Department of Measurement and Information Systems
Publication Languageeng
AbstractTools developed to demonstrate the practical applicability of the mainly theoretical foundations of graph transformation systems are of immense importance. Therefore, the interaction (moreover, integration) of these tools is a major challenge for the graph transformation (GraTra) community in order to increase the efficiency of international (academic or industrial) research. A first step towards integration is a standardized, common model interchange format providing a uniform graph description and rule representation that is capable of handling the most fundamental concepts of graph transformation. A potential candidate is the novel standard the web, the Extensible Markup Language (XML), which allows the interchange of models in a distributed environment (i.e. Internet). In this report, we demonstrate on several examples that a common, XML-based GraTra model interchange format should be constructed from a metamodel following the concepts of the Meta Object Facility standard; XMI (XML Metadata Interchange) is the most suitable XML-based language for such a format; the proposed XMI format can be derived automatically from the corresponding GraTra metamodel.