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Improving Representational Analysis: An Example from the Enterprise Systems Interoperability Domain

Green, Peter, Rosemann, Michael, Indulska, Marta, & Recker, Jan C. (2006) Improving Representational Analysis: An Example from the Enterprise Systems Interoperability Domain. In Spencer, Su & Jenkins, Adam (Eds.) 17th Australasian Conference on Information Systems, December 6-8, 2006, Adelaide, Australia.

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Abstract

Representational analysis is increasing in popularity, not just in the area of evaluation of conceptual modelling grammars, but in any real-world modelling situation where semantics are being communicated through the use of grammatical constructs or symbols. However, critical questions remain as to choosing the appropriate reference ontology as a representational benchmark for a given situation and applying that ontology analytically in the process of representational analysis. This paper demonstrates how meta-models of proposed reference ontologies can be compared and evaluated on the bases of equivalence, structure and scope in order to aid the selection task. Having selected the reference ontology, this paper explains the current practice of representational analysis and clearly delineates the limitations of the procedure at the input, process and output stages. Finally, this paper explains how an improved version of the representational analytical methodology can be used to establish the ‘common’ set of requirements for full enterprise systems interoperability – an application domain well outside that of traditional conceptual modelling.

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ID Code: 6161
Item Type: Conference Paper
Keywords: Representational analysis, ontology, BWW model, representation theory
ISBN: 9780975841716
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > INFORMATION SYSTEMS (080600) > Conceptual Modelling (080603)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Past > Schools > Information Systems
Current > Schools > School of Accountancy
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 15 Feb 2007
Last Modified: 14 Jul 2014 13:34

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