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Integrated Modelling Methodology Version 2

This docmuent describes the second version of the APOSDLE Integrated Modelling Methodology. This methodology, which updates the previous version described in Deliverable D1.3 (Integrated Modelling Methodology - First Version), guides the process of creation of the application domain dependent parts of the APOSDLE Knowledge Base. The APOSDLE Knowledge Base provides the basis for reasoning within the APOSDLE System.

Compared with this first version several changes were made both in the structure of the methodology and in the tools which are used to support it. These changes take into accout the extensive feedback that was collected during the development of the first version of the Application Partner Domain Models, which were used in the APOSDLE Prototype 2. The second version of the methodology consists of four main phases, which cover the entire process of model creation, from the initial selection of the application domain to its final specification:

Phase 0. Scope & Boundaries. In this phase the scope and boundaries of the application domain are determined and documented.

Phase 1. Knowledge Acquisition. The goal of this phase is the acquisition of knowledge about the application domains that have to be formalised and integrated in the APOSDLE knowledge base.

Phase 2. Modelling of Domain + Tasks. Starting from the knowledge elicited in Phase 1, in this phase a complete formal description of the domain and task models, which are part of the APOSDLE knowledge base, is provided: the domain model is about the specific work domain (application domain) a user wants to learn about with APOSDLE, while the task model concerns the activities and tasks a user can perform in the organisation.

Phase 3. Modelling of Learning Goals. In this phase, a formal specification of the learning goal model is produced.

The second version of the Integrated Modelling Methodology has been accurately followed by each Application Partner to build their specific APOSDLE Knowledge Base. The specific models created are described in Deliverable D6.9 - Second Version of Application Partner Domain Models.

The feedback obtained from the experience of building the specific APOSDLE Knowledge Bases for the 3rd Prototype was used for a careful evaluation of the IMM - Second version, whose findings are reported in the final part of the deliverable.