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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Zhu, Qinwei
Author's Email Address qzhu@vt.edu
URN etd-11272002-210531
Title 5SGraph: A Modeling Tool for Digital Libraries
Degree Master of Science
Department Computer Science
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Fox, Edward Alan Committee Chair
Hartson, H. Rex Committee Member
North, Christopher L. Committee Member
  • 5SGraph
  • domain-specific modeling tool
  • metamodel
  • digital libraries
  • 5S model
Date of Defense 2002-11-18
Availability unrestricted
The high demand for building digital libraries by non-experts requires a simplified modeling process and rapid generation of digital libraries. To enable rapid generation, digital libraries should be modeled with descriptive languages. A visual modeling tool would be helpful to non-experts so they may model a digital library without knowing the theoretical foundations and the syntactical details of the descriptive language.

In this thesis, we describe the design and implementation of a domain-specific visual modeling tool, 5SGraph, aimed at modeling digital libraries. 5SGraph is based on a metamodel that describes digital libraries using the 5S theory. The output from 5SGraph is a digital library model that is an instance of the metamodel, expressed in the 5S description language (5SL). 5SGraph presents the metamodel in a structured toolbox, and provides a top-down visual building environment for designers. The visual proximity of the metamodel and instance model facilitates requirements gathering and simplifies the modeling process. Furthermore, 5SGraph maintains semantic constraints specified by the 5S metamodel and enforces these constraints over the instance model to ensure semantic consistency and correctness. 5SGraph enables component reuse to reduce the time and efforts of designers. The results from a pilot usability test confirm the usefulness of 5SGraph.

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