Relations in Ontology-Driven Conceptual Modeling

  • Claudenir M. FonsecaEmail author
  • Daniele Porello
  • Giancarlo Guizzardi
  • João Paulo A. Almeida
  • Nicola Guarino
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 11788)


For over a decade now, a community of researchers has contributed to the ontological foundations of Conceptual Modeling by participating to the development of the Unified Foundational Ontology (UFO) and the UFO-based modeling language OntoUML, which have been successfully employed in a number of different sectors. The empirical feedback from these experiences led us to reconsider UFO’s theory of relations, proposing a new theory that has already been applied to model subtle notions in the business domain, such as value, risk, service, and contract. In this paper, we advance a first formal characterization of this new theory, which is then used to design a new metamodel for OntoUML.


Relations Relationships Ontology-driven conceptual modeling OntoUML UFO 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Claudenir M. Fonseca
    • 1
    Email author
  • Daniele Porello
    • 2
  • Giancarlo Guizzardi
    • 1
    • 3
  • João Paulo A. Almeida
    • 3
  • Nicola Guarino
    • 2
  1. 1.Conceptual and Cognitive Modeling Research Group (CORE)Free University of Bozen-BolzanoBolzanoItaly
  2. 2.ISTC-CNR Laboratory for Applied OntologyTrentoItaly
  3. 3.NEMOFederal University of Espírito SantoVitoriaBrazil

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