Developing a meta model for the Bunge–Wand–Weber ontological constructs
At the core of the analysis task in the development process is information systems requirements modelling. Modelling of requirements has been occurring for many years and the techniques used have progressed from flowcharting through data flow diagrams and entity-relationship diagrams to object-oriented schemas today. Unfortunately, researchers have been able to give little theoretical guidance only to practitioners on which techniques to use and when. In an attempt to address this situation, Wand and Weber have developed a series of models based on the ontological theory of Mario Bunge—the Bunge–Wand–Weber (BWW) models. Two particular criticisms of the models have persisted however—the understandability of the constructs in the BWW models and the difficulty in applying the models to a modelling technique. This paper addresses these issues by presenting a meta model of the BWW constructs using a meta language that is familiar to many IS professionals, more specific than plain English text, but easier to understand than the set-theoretic language of the original BWW models. Such a meta model also facilitates the application of the BWW theory to other modelling techniques that have similar meta models defined. Moreover, this approach supports the identification of patterns of constructs that might be common across meta models for modelling techniques. Such findings are useful in extending and refining the BWW theory.
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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
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|Keywords:||Conceptual modelling, Ontology, Bunge–Wand–Weber, Meta model, Ontological constructs|
|Divisions:||Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Current > Schools > School of Accountancy
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2002 Elsevier|
|Deposited On:||04 Dec 2007 00:00|
|Last Modified:||14 Jul 2014 03:50|
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