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A Fundamental View on the Process of Conceptual Modeling

  • S. J. B. A. Hoppenbrouwers
  • H. A. (Erik) Proper
  • Th. P. van der Weide
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3716)

Abstract

In an ongoing effort to better understand the process of creating conceptual models (in particular formal ones), we present a fundamental view of the process of modeling. We base this view on the idea that participants in such a process are involved in a deliberate and goal-driven effort to share and reconcile representations of their personal conceptions of (parts of) the world. This effort takes the shape of a modeling dialogue, involving the use of controlled language. We thus take a fundamental approach to subjective aspects of modeling, as opposed to traditional approaches which essentially consider models as objective entities. We position and present our initial theory of modeling, and briefly discuss how we intend to validate and further develop it.

Keywords

Conceptual Modeling Modeling Language Domain Expert Formal Language Enterprise Architecture 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. J. B. A. Hoppenbrouwers
    • 1
  • H. A. (Erik) Proper
    • 1
  • Th. P. van der Weide
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute for Computing and Information SciencesRadboud University NijmegenNijmegenEU The Netherlands

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