Application Semiotics Engineering Process: Towards ontology-based modelling of application semantics "The ASEP [application semiotics engineering process] is intended for modeling complex business rules, application logic and domain knowledge which need either encapsulated for change or separated from conventional software modelling functional dimensions of IT systems for different development or asset management. It targets systems with rich application semantics, such as knowledge systems, system integration with divergent and rapidly changing business logic, semantic interface specification of software components or web services, protocols for semantic interopation of collaborative processes or systems. The ASEP is aimed at the development of corporate or organizational intelligent systems and open services such as knowledge manage systems, semantic web services ."
"Lexons represent binary relationship between two entities. They are the vocabulary (not terminology) of the application semiotics. Similar to the vocabulary of the natural language, they have ideational purport without reference to specific application or task contexts...Thus underspecified, they serve as basis for consensus, agreement, reusability and versatility."
"While the lexons underpins the flexibility and reusability of the application semiotics with under-specification, the commitment is essentially dedicated to the semantically well-formed, fully specified, consistent actualizations of the underlying patterns with respect to a particular task or application."
"The layered model of application semiotics is important for encapsulating changes and dynamics of models. For example, the continued business process improvement or integration can be catered to by optimisation (different commitment constraints), resutructuring (changed in commitment networks), or innovation (new business concepts with additions to lexons).
From STAR Lab publications.