ElicitO: A quality ontology-guided NFR elicitation tool

Taiseera Hazeem Al Balushi*, Pedro R.Falcone Sampaio, Divyesh Dabhi, Pericles Loucopoulos

*Corresponding author for this work

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Despite the importance of capturing a precise and complete set of requirements in the requirements engineering stage, there are few tools that adequately support requirements analysis in the process of capturing quality related requirements (non-functional requirements). This paper presents ElicitO, a requirements elicitation tool aimed at empowering requirements analysts with a knowledge repository that helps in the process of capturing precise nonfunctional requirements (NFRs) specifications during elicitation interviews. The approach is based on the application of functional and non-functional domain ontologies (quality ontologies) to underpin the elicitation activities. The tool is used as a memory aid to structure elicitation interviews, guide requirements analysts with regard to the important quality aspects relating to a class of applications, and support the development of precise requirements based on characteristics and metrics available in quality model standards.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRequirements Engineering
Subtitle of host publicationFoundation for Software Quality - 13th International Working Conference, REFSQ 2007, Proceedings
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9783540730309
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes
Event13th International Working Conference on Requirements Engineering: Foundation for Software Quality, REFSQ 2007 - Trondheim, Norway
Duration: Jun 11 2007Jun 12 2007

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume4542 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Other13th International Working Conference on Requirements Engineering: Foundation for Software Quality, REFSQ 2007


  • Non-functional requirements (NFRs)
  • Ontologies
  • Protégé
  • Requirements elicitation
  • Requirements engineering
  • Tools

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)


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