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Evaluation of Conceptual Modeling Languages. An Epistemological Discussion

Recker, Jan C. (2005) Evaluation of Conceptual Modeling Languages. An Epistemological Discussion. In Romano, Nicholas C. (Ed.) 2005 Americas Conference on Information Systems, August 11 - 14, 2005, Omaha, Nebraska, USA.

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Abstract

The Information Systems (IS) discipline is coined by a multiplicity of available conceptual modeling approaches. Thus, evaluation techniques have been developed in order to assess the appropriateness of a conceptual model in a given context. Up to now, however, both modeling and evaluation approaches lack a thorough epistemological foundation and discussion, leading to problems regarding the applicability of a certain modeling language in a given context on the one hand, and regarding the feasibility of certain evaluation approaches towards certain modeling questions on the other hand. We address the question of epistemology in evaluation research and therein argue that there is an immanent need for publishing epistemological underpinnings of evaluation approaches in order to assess their applicability in given modeling contexts. We present a basic discussion framework that allows for the analysis of epistemological implications of available evaluation approaches for conceptual modeling languages.

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ID Code: 1952
Item Type: Conference Paper
Additional Information: For more information, please refer to the publisher’s website (see link) or contact the author. Author contact details: j.recker@qut.edu.au
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Keywords: Science philosophy, epistemology, development methods, conceptual modeling, research evaluation
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > INFORMATION SYSTEMS (080600) > Conceptual Modelling (080603)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 Association for Information Systems
Deposited On: 16 Aug 2005
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:11

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