Modelling Roles in Business Systems Using Role Objects

  • Ying Liang

Abstract

Modelling techniques of information systems development have been created regarding data, information and knowledge representation. Data modelling techniques is concerned with data representation (Dewitz, 1996). Object modelling techniques pay attention to information representation (Sommerville, 1996). Now modelling techniques are moving towards knowledge representation in order to distinguish between information and knowledge in information systems. For example, Schoderbek et al., (1990) suggested that information refers to inferentially intended material evaluated for a particular problem, for a specified individual, at a specific time, and for achieving a definite goal. Pressman (2000, p892) said “data is raw information-collections of facts that must be processed to be meaningful. Information is derived by associating facts within a given context. Knowledge associates information obtained in one context with other information obtained in a different context.” If knowledge is regarded as different interpretations of the information, we need a specific approach to abstract and represent the knowledge in a business system. Currently many approaches can only represent information in business systems. For example, object-oriented modelling approaches use objects to represent information. However few approaches can represent the knowledge. In order to overcome the lack, I have created an approach that aims to use the role concept for abstracting knowledge from a business system and uses role objects to represent the knowledge. This paper will present the approach in details.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ying Liang
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of Computing and Information Systems School of Information and Communication TechnologyUniversity of PaisleyPaisleyUK

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