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An Advanced and Comprehensive Methodology for Integrated KBS Development

Objective

The KADS-II project will deliver a methodology that covers the life-cycle of KBS projects, provides standards both for project control and system development, and bridges the gap between KBS development methods and other methodologies. By thorough validation and active dissemination efforts, the project aims at making the KADS-II methodology the accepted standard for KBS development in the European IT industry.
The project delivers a methodology that covers the life cycle of knowledge based system (KBS) projects, provides standards both for project control and system development, and bridges the gap between KBS development methods and other methodologies.
The methodology rests upon a theoretical description of KBS construction in terms of a number of models describing different aspects of a KBS. These models, constructed at varying levels of abstraction, lead to a complete set of methods and techniques which support the process of KBS development. A major objective of the project is to develop further this theoretical basis in such a way as to facilitate a formal specification of the model to support prototyping as a development technique, and to enable the optimal use of reusable components.
The project recognizes the important issue of acceptance and usability of the methodology. Results will be validated through an active systems development programme and an on going process of dissemination. A major theme of the project is to facilitate acceptance of the methodology by ensuring that its tools and techniques are compatible with more conventional approaches to systems development in terms of both delivery environment as well as structure and contents.

A unified knowledge modelling approach has been established with supporting tools (CommonKADS model set, common modelling language, ML2). A KBS development life cycle including risk and quality management concerns is defined and has to be experimented on through applications. The architecture of the future workbench has been fixed, and generic libraries of knowledge items are under development.
The approach taken in KADS-II is derived from that developed within project 1098, KADS, which stressed the idea of an iterative process of methodology construction. The methodology rests upon a theoretical description of KBS construction in terms of a number of models describing different aspects of a KBS. These models, constructed at varying levels of abstraction, lead to a complete set of methods and techniques which support the process of KBS development. A major objective of the project is to further develop this theoretical basis in such a way as to facilitate a formal specification of the model to support prototyping as a development technique, and to enable the optimal use of reusable components. Recent insights in areas such as generic tasks, problem-solving methods and second-generation KBS techniques will be incorporated. Throughout its duration KADS-II will deliver a number of systems based on the methodology.

In addition, the project recognises the important issue of acceptance and usability of the methodology. Results will be validated through an active systems development programme and an on-going process of dissemination. A major theme of the project is to facilitate acceptance of the methodology by ensuring that its tools and techniques are compatible with more conventional approaches to systems development in terms of both delivery environment as well as structure and contents.

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