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DOI:   10.3217/jucs-018-19-2669


Metamodeling the Structure and Interaction Behavior of Cooperative Component-based User Interfaces

Luis Iribarne (University of Almeria, Spain)

Nicolas Padilla (University of Almeria, Spain)

Javier Criado (University of Almeria, Spain)

Cristina Vicente-Chicote (Technical University of Cartagena, Spain)

Abstract: In Web-based Cooperative Information Systems (WCIS), user groups with different roles cooperate through specialized interfaces. Cooperative interaction and user interface structures are usually rather complicated, and modeling has an important part in them. Model-Driven Engineering (MDE) is a software engineering discipline which assists engineers in abstracting system implementations by means of models and metamodels. This article describes an interactive, structural metamodel for user interfaces based on component architectures as a way to abstract, model, simplify and facilitate implementation. The paper also presents a case study based on an Environmental Management Information Systems (EMIS), where three actors (a politician, a GIS expert, and a technician) cooperate in assessing natural disasters.

Keywords: MDE, component-based development, cooperative systems, user interaction, user interfaces

Categories: D.2, H.4, H.5