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A Multi-Method Approach for Developing Universal Specifications

Objective

The objective of AMADEUS was to define a unified conceptual model semantically rich enough to describe specifications derived from any of the leading development methods. This would provide a basis for the integration of the wide range of existing and well-understood tools and techniques currently used. This project aimed to provide for the harmonisation of system development environments by introducing an approach which permitted the use of multiple methods, but with a common and unified system specification as the outcome of its use. This was intended to be achieved by the availability of a unified representation scheme which could be accessed through appropriate interfaces, by tools and techniques relating to a method.
This project was associated with projects 1262 (SFINX), 1277 (SAPPHIRE), 1282 (PAVE) and 1283 (VIP).
The objective was to define a unified conceptual model semantically rich enough to describe specifications derived from any of the leading development methods. This would provide a basis for the integration of the wide range of existing and well understood tools and techniques currently used. This project aimed to provide for the harmonization of system development environments by introducing an approach which permitted the use of multiple methods, but with a common and unified system specification as the outcome of its use. This was achieved by providing a unified representation scheme which could be accessed through appropriate interfaces, by tools and techniques relating to a method. The project team surveyed a number of different software development method comparison studies and classified the development methods, mapping the model of development against the approach used. A range of application and support system types, such as office communications systems, control systems and robotic systems, were examined to identify the real world objects dealt with. These objects were grouped under headings such as objects manipulated, relationships, and activities. A model was developed on the basis of the analyses performed. Whilst the model has some value in judging the completeness of the methods, much of the sematic information was lost in the transformation.
The project team surveyed a number of different software development method comparison studies and classified the development methods, mapping the model of development against the approach used. Methods included SSADM, SADT, JSD and NIAM.
A range of application and support system types, such as office communications systems, control systems and robotic systems, were examined to identify the real-world objects dealt with. These objects were grouped under headings such as objects manipulated, relationships, and activities.
A model was developed on the basis of the analyses performed. Whilst the model had some value in judging the completeness of the methods, much of the semantic information was lost in the transformation.
Exploitation
Reviewers recommended publication of the "Analysis of Methods" document. The results of the feasibility study were not sufficiently convincing to continue the work.

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INTERPROGRAM BV
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Participants (4)

BIM SA
Belgium
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HITEC LTD
Greece
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17674 Athinai
TELEFONICA INVESTIGACION Y DESARROLLO
Spain
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Emilio Vargas
28043 Madrid
UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
United Kingdom
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Sackville Street
88 Manchester