Handbook of Conceptual Modeling

Theory, Practice, and Research Challenges

  • David W. Embley
  • Bernhard Thalheim

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Programming with Conceptual Models

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. David W. Embley, Stephen W. Liddle, Oscar Pastor
      Pages 3-16
    3. Stephen W. Liddle
      Pages 17-54
  3. Structure Modelling

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 55-55
    2. Martin Gogolla
      Pages 85-122
    3. David W. Embley, Wai Yin Mok
      Pages 123-163
    4. Bernhard Thalheim
      Pages 165-206
  4. Process Modelling

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 207-207
    2. Horst Pichler, Johann Eder
      Pages 259-286
    3. Egon Börger, Ove Sörensen
      Pages 287-332
  5. User Interface Modelling

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 333-333
    2. Nathalie Aquino, Jean Vanderdonckt, Jose Ignacio Panach, Oscar Pastor
      Pages 335-358
    3. Antje Düsterhöft, Klaus-Dieter Schewe
      Pages 359-377
  6. Special Challenge Area

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 379-379
    2. Meike Klettke, Bernhard Thalheim
      Pages 381-419
    3. Hui Ma, Klaus-Dieter Schewe
      Pages 421-440
    4. Sonia Bergamaschi, Domenico Beneventano, Francesco Guerra, Mirko Orsini
      Pages 441-476
    5. David W. Embley, Stephen W. Liddle, Deryle W. Lonsdale
      Pages 477-516
    6. Oscar Pastor, Ana M. Levin, Juan Carlos Casamayor, Matilde Celma, Matthijs Kroon
      Pages 517-541
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 579-587

About this book


Conceptual modeling is about describing the semantics of software applications at a high level of abstraction in terms of structure, behavior, and user interaction.

Embley and Thalheim start with a manifesto stating that the dream of developing information systems strictly by conceptual modeling – as expressed in the phrase “the model is the code” – is becoming reality. The subsequent contributions written by leading researchers in the field support the manifesto's assertions, showing not only how to abstractly model complex information systems but also how to formalize abstract specifications in ways that let developers complete programming tasks within the conceptual model itself. They are grouped into sections on programming with conceptual models, structure modeling, process modeling, user interface modeling, and special challenge areas such as conceptual geometric modeling, information integration, and biological conceptual modeling.

The Handbook of Conceptual Modeling collects in a single volume many of the best conceptual-modeling ideas, techniques, and practices as well as the challenges that drive research in the field. Thus it is much more than a traditional handbook for advanced professionals, as it also provides both a firm foundation for the field of conceptual modeling, and points researchers and graduate students towards interesting challenges and paths for how to contribute to this fundamental field of computer science.


Conceptual Modeling Domain Engineering ERM - Entity Relationship Model Model-Driven Software Development UML - Unified Modeling Language

Editors and affiliations

  • David W. Embley
    • 1
  • Bernhard Thalheim
    • 2
  1. 1., Department of Computer ScienceBrigham Young UniversityProvoUSA
  2. 2.Institut für InformatikChristian-Albrechts-Universität zu KielKielGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag GmbH Berlin Heidelberg 2011
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Computer Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-15864-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-15865-0
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