On the cognitive understanding of types in modeling languages

Dirk van der Linden*, Henderik A. Proper

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

We investigate how enterprise modelers see common types (e.g., actor, event, process) used in most modeling languages in terms of their semantic feature structure (e.g., is human, is material). We hypothesize that modelers have specific interpretations for some of these common types that affect their range of conceptually valid instantiations (e.g., actors should not be instantiated as human things). Based on two exploratory psychometric studies performed with enterprise modeling practitioners and computing science students we discuss the way these typical interpretations affect their model(ing) semantics (e.g., results typically having to be modeled as well-described and non-natural entities, restrictions typically as logical necessities), and what consequences these findings have for modeling languages and the use and creation of models themselves, especially in an inherently collaborative effort like enterprise modeling. We conclude by arguing that insights into these conceptualizations are likely useful and should receive more attention and studies.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEnterprise Modelling and Information Systems Architectures, EMISA 2013 - 5th International Workshop on Enterprise Modelling and Information Systems Architectures
EditorsReinhard Jung, Manfred Reichert
PublisherGesellschaft fur Informatik (GI)
Pages149-162
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9783885796169
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013
Externally publishedYes
Event5th International Workshop on Enterprise Modelling and Information Systems Architectures, EMISA 2013 - St. Gallen, Switzerland
Duration: 5 Sep 20136 Sep 2013

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Informatics (LNI), Proceedings - Series of the Gesellschaft fur Informatik (GI)
VolumeP222
ISSN (Print)1617-5468

Conference

Conference5th International Workshop on Enterprise Modelling and Information Systems Architectures, EMISA 2013
CountrySwitzerland
CitySt. Gallen
Period5/09/136/09/13

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