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ISRN Software Engineering
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 803638, 53 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/803638
Review Article

Towards the Consolidation of a Diagramming Suite for Agent-Oriented Modelling Languages

University of Technology, Sydney, Broadway, NSW 2007, Australia

Received 21 October 2012; Accepted 7 November 2012

Academic Editors: X. He, S. Sutton, and M. Viroli

Copyright © 2013 Brian Henderson-Sellers. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Whilst several agent-oriented modelling languages have been developed by independent research groups, it is now appropriate to consider a consolidation of these various approaches. There are arguably three things that need consolidation and future standardization: individual symbols, the underpinning metamodel, and the diagram types. Here we address only the third issue by extending an earlier analysis that resulted in recommendations for various diagram types for the modelling of a multiagent system (MAS). Here, we take each of these previously recommended diagram types and see how each is realized in a wide variety (over 20) of current agent-oriented software engineering (AOSE) methodologies. We also take the opportunity to express, as exemplars, some of these diagram types using the recently published FAML notation.