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Knowledge Discovery Metamodel History

We’ve compiled this timeline outlining the development and evolution of the KDM:

June 2003

The Object Management Group (OMG) formed a Task Force to modeling in the context of existing software systems. Initially, the group was called Legacy Transformation Task Force, but then the name was unanimously changed to Architecture-Driven Modernization Task Force (ADM). ADMTF is co-chaired by Djenana Campara, from KDM Analytics and William Ulrich, from Tactical Strategy Group. See the website of the ADM Task Force

July 2003

The Architecture Modernization Task Force issued a Software Modernization whitepaper.

November 2003

The Object Management Group’s Architecture-Driven Modernization Task Force recommended, and the Platform Technical Committee issued, the Knowledge Discovery Metamodel Request For Proposal (RFP). The objective of this RFP was to provide a common repository structure to represent information about existing software assets and their operating environment. The goal of the Knowledge Discovery Metamodel was defined as exchanging information related to transformation of existing software assets. The RFP stated that the KDM shall provide the ability to document existing systems, discover reusable components in existing software, support transformations to other languages and to MDA, or enable other potential transformations. The Knowledge Discovery Metamodel will also enable information about existing software artifacts to be exchanged among different tools. This will enable vendors that specialize on certain languages, platforms or types of transformations to deliver customer solutions in conjunction with other vendors.

The original KDM RFP is available to OMG members for download (document lt/03-11-04).

Our memorabilia: The “family photo” of the KDM RFP authors team, taken at the London OMG Meeting, November 2004

May 2004

Six organizations responded to the RFP:

  • Allen System Group (ASG)
  • Distributed Systems Technology Center (DSTC)
  • Electronic Data Systems (EDS)
  • Flashline
  • International Business Machines (IBM)
  • Klocwork

2004-2005

12 companies collaborated to prepare a joint response to the KDM RFP. The original team was extended by BluePhoenix, Delta Software Technology, Northrop Grumman, Tactical Strategy Group, The Software Revolution, TATA Consulting, and Unisys. Unfortunately, by that time the DSTC ceased its operations, and left the consortium. More than 30 organizations from 5 countries have contributed to the development and review of the Knowledge Discovery Metamodel specification. Dr. Nikolai Mansourov (at that time – Klocwork, now KDM Analytics), was the Coordinator of the joint submission team.

See collection of the logos from the KDM Tutorial in December 2005, at the Burlingame OMG Technical Meeting.

May 2006

The Team’s submission — the Knowledge Discovery Metamodel — was adopted by the OMG and moved into the finalization stage of the OMG’s standards adoption process. The OMG adopted Specification for KDM became publicly available (OMG document ptc/06-06-07).

The KDM Finalization Task Force (FTF) has been chartered by the OMG. KDM FTF was chaired by Dr. Nikolai Mansourov from KDM Analytics. The following organizations worked on finalization of KDM:

  • Adaptive
  • Allen Systems Group (ASG)
  • Benchmark Consulting
  • eCube
  • Electronic Data Systems (EDS)
  • Flashline
  • International Business Machines (IBM)
  • KDM Analytics
  • Tactical Strategy Group (TSG)
  • The Software Revolution, Inc.
  • Unisys
  • 88Solutions

March 2007

The KDM Finalization Task Force finished the finalization stage of the OMG’s standards adoption process. The recommended specification KDM 1.0 is available from OMG (document formal/08-01-01)

April 2007

The OMG has chartered the KDM Revision Task Force for the ongoing maintenance of the KDM specification. The KDM RTF is chaired by Dr. Nikolai Mansourov, from KDM Analytics. The following organizations participate in the KDM RTF:

  • Allen Systems Group (ASG)
  • BEA
  • Benchmark Consulting
  • eCube
  • Electronic Data Systems (EDS)
  • International Business Machines (IBM)
  • KDM Analytics
  • NoMagic
  • Unisys

Today

Since adoption of the Knowledge Discovery Metamodel by the OMG in 2006, several companies have announced upcoming support of KDM in their products, including: