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A Modelling Language for Transparency Requirements in Business Information Systems

  • Mahmood HosseiniEmail author
  • Alimohammad Shahri
  • Keith Phalp
  • Raian Ali
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9694)

Abstract

Transparency is a requirement of businesses and their information systems. It is typically linked to positive ethical and economic attributes, such as trust and accountability. Despite its importance, transparency is often studied as a secondary concept and viewed through the lenses of adjacent concepts such as security, privacy and regulatory requirements. This has led to a reduced ability to manage transparency and deal with its peculiarities as a first-class requirement. Ad-hoc introduction of transparency may have adverse effects, such as information overload and reduced collaboration. We propose a modelling language for capturing and analysing transparency requirements amongst stakeholders in a business information system. Our language is based on four reference models which are, in turn, based on our extensive multi-disciplinary analysis of the literature on transparency. As a proof of concept, we apply our modelling language and the analysis enabled by it on a case study of marking exam papers.

Keywords

Transparency requirements Transparency engineering Transparency analysis TranspLan modelling language 

Notes

Acknowledgements

The research is supported by an FP7 Marie Curie CIG grant (the SOCIAD project).

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mahmood Hosseini
    • 1
    Email author
  • Alimohammad Shahri
    • 1
  • Keith Phalp
    • 1
  • Raian Ali
    • 1
  1. 1.Bournemouth UniversityPooleUK

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