Object Management Group Terms and Acronyms
This glossary collects most of the terms and acronyms that you'll
encounter at OMG meetings, and in OMG documents. Each definition is only
as authoritative as its cited source; this document itself is not an
official reference. Technical terms are defined in our official
specifications, and procedural terms are defined in our Policies and
Procedures document. If our explanation here goes beyond what appears in
these documents, it is our attempt to clarify and not to impose our
interpretation on a topic. References are collected at the end of this
Terms in italics, and virtually all acronyms, have their own entry in
the list. You may have to convert an italicized term to singular form to
find it - for example, proxies is represented by the entry Proxy.
Air Traffic Control Specification
Board of Directors Business Committee Questionnaire
CORBA Core Components Specification
Common Object Request Broker Architecture (CORBA/IIOP)
[CSIV2] [CORBA] Chapter 26
Warehouse Metamodel Specification
Acquisition from Industrial Systems
UML Profile for EDOC Specification
PAS Compatible Submission Template”
General Ledger Specification
[Guide] The OMG
[IDL] ISO/IEC 14750 also see [CORBA] Chapter 3.
C++ Language Mapping
Architecture Board, "Model Driven Architecture - A Technical
“Developing in OMG's Model Driven Architecture (MDA)”
[MDAd] “MDA "The Architecture
of Choice for a Changing World™"”
Object Facility Specification
[OMA] “Object Management
[P&P] Policies and
Procedures of the OMG Technical Process
Personal Identification Service
Resource Access Decision Facility
Best Practices: Key words for use in RFCs to Indicate Requirement Levels
[RM-ODP] ISO/IEC 10746
CORBA Security Service
Trading Object Service
Modeling Language Specification
UML Profile for CORBA
Metadata Interchange Specification
XML Value Type Specification
B.2 General Glossary
Architecture Board (AB) - The OMG plenary that is responsible
for ensuring the technical merit and MDA-compliance of RFPs and their
Board of Directors (BoD) - The OMG body that is responsible
for adopting technology.
Common Object Request Broker Architecture (CORBA) - An OMG
distributed computing platform specification that is independent of
Common Warehouse Metamodel (CWM) - An OMG specification for
data repository integration.
CORBA Component Model (CCM) - An OMG specification for an
implementation language independent distributed component model.
Interface Definition Language (IDL) - An OMG and ISO standard
language for specifying interfaces and associated data structures.
Letter of Intent (LOI) - A letter submitted to the OMG BoD’s
Business Committee signed by an officer of an organization signifying
its intent to respond to the RFP and confirming the organization’s
willingness to comply with OMG’s terms and conditions, and commercial
Mapping - Specification of a mechanism for transforming the
elements of a model conforming to a particular metamodel into elements
of another model that conforms to another (possibly the same) metamodel.
Metadata - Data that represents models. For example, a UML
model; a CORBA object model expressed in IDL; and a relational database
schema expressed using CWM.
Metamodel - A model of models.
Meta Object Facility (MOF) - An OMG standard, closely related
to UML, that enables metadata management and language definition.
Model - A formal specification of the function, structure
and/or behavior of an application or system.
Model Driven Architecture (MDA) - An approach to IT system
specification that separates the specification of functionality from the
specification of the implementation of that functionality on a specific
Normative – Provisions that one must conform to in order to
claim compliance with the standard. (as opposed to non-normative or
informative which is explanatory material that is included in order to
assist in understanding the standard and does not contain any provisions
that must be conformed to in order to claim compliance).
Normative Reference – References that contain provisions that
one must conform to in order to claim compliance with the standard that
contains said normative reference.
Platform - A set of subsystems/technologies that provide a
coherent set of functionality through interfaces and specified usage
patterns that any subsystem that depends on the platform can use without
concern for the details of how the functionality provided by the
platform is implemented.
Platform Independent Model (PIM) - A model of a subsystem that
contains no information specific to the platform, or the technology that
is used to realize it.
Platform Specific Model (PSM) - A model of a subsystem that
includes information about the specific technology that is used in the
realization of it on a specific platform, and hence possibly contains
elements that are specific to the platform.
Request for Information (RFI) - A general request to industry,
academia, and any other interested parties to submit information about a
particular technology area to one of the OMG's Technology Committee
Request for Proposal (RFP) - A document requesting OMG members
to submit proposals to the OMG's Technology Committee. Such proposals
must be received by a certain deadline and are evaluated by the issuing
Task Force (TF) - The OMG Technology Committee subgroup
responsible for issuing a RFP and evaluating submission(s).
Technology Committee (TC) - The body responsible for
recommending technologies for adoption to the BoD. There are two TCs in
OMG – Platform TC (PTC), that focuses on IT and modeling infrastructure
related standards; and Domain TC (DTC), that focus on domain specific
Unified Modeling Language (UML) - An OMG standard language for
specifying the structure and behavior of systems. The standard defines
an abstract syntax and a graphical concrete syntax.
UML Profile - A standardized set of extensions and constraints
that tailors UML to particular use.
XML Metadata Interchange (XMI) - An OMG standard that
facilitates interchange of models via XML documents.
< Note to RFP Editors: Append
additional appendices if needed here and update the list and brief
description of appendices in Chapter 1. >
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