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)


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.


Transparency requirements Transparency engineering Transparency analysis TranspLan modelling language 



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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