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A Method for Addition of Attributes, Attribute Sets and Attribute Pick Lists without Meta-model Changes

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000225148D
Publication Date: 2013-Jan-27
Document File: 2 page(s) / 31K

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Abstract

A method for creating attribute sets, attribute types within sets, and pick lists for attribute types without changing meta-models is disclosed.

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Enterprise architecture frameworks usually require addition of unspecified attributes to collect information specific to each enterprise and model. Modeling tools governed by a meta-model may require changes to the meta-model or profile to add attribute sets, attributes types and attribute pick lists. Changes to the meta-model may affect all instances of a type while an added attribute is applicable to only a subset. This is particularly true while adding a measurement as it may apply to only a subset of definitions and not all instances of a type.

Disclosed is a method for creating and maintaining attribute sets, attribute types within sets, and pick lists for attribute types without changing the meta-model.

In an embodiment, upon entering an attribute name for an attribute instance as shown in the figure, one or more of an attribute set, attribute type and attribute value may be selected. Each attribute set may refer to attribute types that make up a restricted list for the attribute set. A reference to an attribute set may be captured in an attribute

instance when the attribute set is selected. The selected attribute type may be used to populate an attribute qualifier and a restricted list of possible attribute values. An

attribute value may be selected from the restricted list.

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