Deriving Information Requirements from Responsibility Models

Sommerville, I., Lock, R., Storer, T. and Dobson, J. (2009) Deriving Information Requirements from Responsibility Models. In: Advanced Information Systems Engineering, 21st International Conference, CAiSE 2009, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 8-12 Jun 2009, pp. 515-529. (doi: 10.1007/978-3-642-02144-2_40)

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This paper describes research in understanding the requirements for complex information systems that are constructed from one or more generic COTS systems. We argue that, in these cases, behavioural requirements are largely defined by the underlying system and that the goal of the requirements engineering process is to understand the information requirements of system stakeholders. We discuss this notion of information requirements and propose that an understanding of how a socio-technical system is structured in terms of responsibilities is an effective way of discovering this type of requirement. We introduce the idea of responsibility modelling and show, using an example drawn from the domain of emergency planning, how a responsibility model can be used to derive information requirements for a system that coordinates the multiple agencies dealing with an emergency.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
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Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Storer, Dr Tim
Authors: Sommerville, I., Lock, R., Storer, T., and Dobson, J.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Computing Science
Research Group:Software Engineering and Information Security
Journal Name:Lecture Notes in Computer Science
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2009 Springer-Verlag
First Published:First published in Lecture Notes in Computer Science 5565:515-529
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.

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