Developing domain-specific mashup tools for end users

Florian Daniel, Muhammad Imran, Felix Kling, Stefano Soi, Fabio Casati, Maurizio Marchese

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The recent emergence of mashup tools has refueled research on end user development, i.e., on enabling end users without programming skills to compose own applications. Yet, similar to what happened with analogous promises in web service composition and business process management, research has mostly focused on technology and, as a consequence, has failed its objective. Plain technology (e.g., SOAP/WSDL web services) or simple modeling languages (e.g., Yahoo! Pipes) don't convey enough meaning to non-programmers. We propose a domain-specific approach to mashups that "speaks the language of the user", i.e., that is aware of the terminology, concepts, rules, and conventions (the domain) the user is comfortable with. We show what developing a domain-specific mashup tool means, which role the mashup meta-model and the domain model play and how these can be merged into a domain-specific mashup meta-model. We apply the approach implementing a mashup tool for the research evaluation domain. Our user study confirms that domain-specific mashup tools indeed lower the entry barrier to mashup development. Copyright is held by the author/owner(s).

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWWW'12 - Proceedings of the 21st Annual Conference on World Wide Web Companion
Number of pages2
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes
Event21st Annual Conference on World Wide Web, WWW'12 - Lyon, France
Duration: 16 Apr 201220 Apr 2012


Conference21st Annual Conference on World Wide Web, WWW'12


  • Domain-specific mashups
  • End-user development

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications

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