REA-DSL: Business Model Driven Data-Engineering

D. Mayrhofer,C. Huemer:
"REA-DSL: Business Model Driven Data-Engineering";
Vortrag: 14th IEEE International Conference on Commerce and Enterprise Computing (CEC 2012), Hang-Zhou, China; 09.09.2012 - 11.09.2012; in:"Proceedings of the 14th IEEE International Conference on Commerce and Enterprise Computing (CEC 2012)", IEEE, (2012), S. 1 - 8.

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An accounting information system (AIS) manages data about a company's financial and economic status. The contribution of this paper is closing the gap between the languages used by business domain experts and IT-experts in analyzing the relevant data. A well accepted approach scrutinizing an accountability infrastructure is the Resource-Event-Agent (REA) ontology. Although REA has been based on well-established concepts of the accounting theory, its representation has not been intuitive to domain experts. In previous work, we developed the REA-DSL, a dedicated and easy-to-understand graphical domain specific modeling language for the REA ontology. Evidently, a model-driven approach requires to transform the REA-DSL artifacts to code. In this paper we present the transformation of the REA-DSL to a relational database for AIS. This approach offers the advantage that a domain expert verifies the relevant data in an"accounting language", whereas the IT expert is able to work with traditional data base structures.