An argument for more user-centric analysis of modeling languages’ visual notation quality

Dirk van der Linden*

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In this position paper we argue against the application of universal quality criteria for the visual notation of modeling languages. Instead, we make a point that (1) the cognitive capabilities that modelers have, and (2) the different cognitive requirements placed on them while modeling specific aspects (e.g., processes, goals, regulations) mean that a visual notation should be optimal for a specific modeling effort, and not a best-for-everyone solution. We clarify this point by giving an example of a modeling effort where this comes into play, and propose a research agenda that can set out to deal with these issues.

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Business Information Processing
ISSN (Print)1865-1348


Conference2nd International Workshop on Advances in Services Design based on the Notion of Capabiliy, ASDENCA 2015, 3rd International Workshop on Cognitive Aspects of Information Systems Engineering, COGNISE 2015, 1st International Workshop on Digital Business Innovation and the Future Enterprise Information Systems Engineering, DiFenSE 2015, 1st International Workshop on Enterprise Modeling, EM 2015, 1st Workshop on the Role of Real-World Objects in Business Process Management Systems, RW-BPMS 2015, 10th International Workshop on Trends in Enterprise Architecture Researc, TEAR 2015 and 5th International Workshop on Information Systems Security Engineering, WISSE 2015 held in conjunction with 27th International Conference on Advanced Information Systems Engineering, CAiSE 2015


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