Rapid Prototyping of Business Rule-Based Systems with Controlled Natural Language and Semantic Web Software

L.W. Rutledge*, Jouke Corbijn, Boris Cuijpers, Lieuwe Wondal

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We present methods for applying controlled natural language (CNL) and Semantic Web user interfaces to make rapid prototypes of business rule-based systems. This helps system developers quickly demonstrate design choices to stakeholders. CNLs provide a balance between understandability for laypersons and unambiguous specificity for programmers. Executable CNLs generate rudimentary systems automatically and thus quickly, which suits rapid prototyping. The Semantic Web provides a wide range of free and open tools for standardized forms of data representation and logic, whose potential application includes business rules.

We identify several general categories of business rules that each map to a core form of Semantic Web logic that can implement it. This work then presents prototyping methods that apply these mappings. Different Semantic Web software interface components demonstrate different aspects of each form of logic. The Semantic Web ontology editor Protégé illustrates our methods, but any equivalent Semantic Web software can apply. Example rapid prototypes in Protégé from the frequently used fictional business rules case EU-Rent serve here as illustrative scenarios that evaluate our methods.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBusiness Modeling and Software Design
Subtitle of host publication12th International Symposium, BMSD 2022, Fribourg Switzerland, June 27-29, 2022, Proceedings
EditorsBoris Shishkov
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherSpringer International Publishing AG
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-031-11510-3
ISBN (Print)978-3-031-11509-7
Publication statusPublished - 31 Jul 2022
Event12th International Symposium on Business Modeling and Software Design - Fribourg, Switzerland
Duration: 27 Jun 202229 Jun 2022
Conference number: 12

Publication series

SeriesLecture Notes in Business Information Processing


Conference12th International Symposium on Business Modeling and Software Design
Abbreviated titleBMSD 2022
Internet address


  • Business rules
  • Rapid prototyping
  • Semantic Web
  • Throwaway prototypes


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