Theorizing the use of multiple conceptual models in combination

Recker, Jan C. (2014) Theorizing the use of multiple conceptual models in combination. In Wang, William & Pauleen, David (Eds.) Proceedings of the 25th Australasian Conference on Information Systems, Association for Information Systems, Auckland, New Zealand.

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Conceptual modelling continues to be an important means for graphically capturing the requirements of an information system. Observations of modelling practice suggest that modellers often use multiple conceptual models in combination, because they articulate different aspects of real-world domains. Yet, the available empirical as well as theoretical research in this area has largely studied the use of single models, or single modelling grammars. We develop a Theory of Combined Ontological Coverage by extending an existing theory of ontological expressiveness of conceptual modelling grammars. Our new theory posits that multiple conceptual models are used to increase the maximum coverage of the real-world domain being modelled, whilst trying to minimize the ontological overlap between the models. We illustrate how the theory can be applied to analyse sets of conceptual models. We develop three propositions of the theory about evaluations of model combinations in terms of users’ selection, understandability and usefulness of conceptual models.

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ID Code: 78020
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Conceptual modelling, representation theory, maximum ontological completeness, minimal ontological overlap, theory development
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > INFORMATION SYSTEMS (080600) > Conceptual Modelling (080603)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Information Systems
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 [please consult the author]
Deposited On: 23 Oct 2014 22:43
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2016 23:56

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