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Conference Paper

Publication Date


Publication Title

Fall Simulation Interoperability Workshop 2009: 2009 Fall SIW: Orlando, Florida, USA, 21-25 September 2009



Conference Name

2009 Fall Simulation Interoperability Workshop


The need for a common representation of entities and their relations to support the easier composition and federation of independently developed solutions in support of the user has been identified and addressed in several papers presented during recent simulation interoperability workshop. One of the underlying assumptions is that standards derived from the same conceptual domain can easily be converted into each others, as they deal with the same concepts. In a project conducted for the U.S. Army’s Program Executive Office (PEO) Soldier, three of such solutions for military operations (with focus on the land forces) were utilized to capture the underlying concepts of land warfare: the Joint Consultation, Command and Control Information Exchange Data Model (JC3IEDM), the Military Scenario Description Language (MSDL), and the Modeling Architecture for Technology, Research, and Experimentation (MATREX) Federation Object Model (FOM).

When we applied the methods of Model-based Data Engineering (MBDE) we observed, that these three standards are not conceptually as well aligned as we assumed. We identified several significant gaps. The findings of this paper will contribute to support designers, engineers and project managers in a better way to understand, (1) which data are needed operationally, (2) how gaps can be identified regarding supporting standards, (3) how the gaps can be closed, and (4) what data transformation must be conducted when dealing with different standards in data-rich integration projects to ensure cost-efficient and operationally effective solutions.


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Original Publication Citation

Ustun, A., Tolk, A., & Diallo, S. (2009). Applying model-based data engineering to evaluate the alignment of information modeled within JC3IEDM, MSDL, and MATREX-FOM. Paper presented at the 2009 Fall Simulation Interoperability Workshop, Orlando, FL.


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