Representing classes of things and properties in general in conceptual modelling: An empirical evaluation

Shanks, Graeme, Moody, Daniel, Nuredini, Jasmina, Tobin, Daniel and Weber, Ron (2010) Representing classes of things and properties in general in conceptual modelling: An empirical evaluation. Journal of Database Management, 21 2: 1-25. doi:10.4018/jdm.2010040101


Author Shanks, Graeme
Moody, Daniel
Nuredini, Jasmina
Tobin, Daniel
Weber, Ron
Title Representing classes of things and properties in general in conceptual modelling: An empirical evaluation
Journal name Journal of Database Management   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1063-8016
1533-8010
Publication date 2010
Year available 2010
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.4018/jdm.2010040101
Open Access Status
Volume 21
Issue 2
Start page 1
End page 25
Total pages 26
Place of publication Hershey, PA United States
Publisher I G I Global
Collection year 2010
Language eng
Formatted abstract
How classes of things and properties in general should be represented in conceptual models is a fundamental issue. For example, proponents of object-role modelling argue that no distinction should be made between the two constructs, whereas proponents of entity-relationship modelling argue the distinction is important but provide ambiguous guidelines about how the distinction should be made. In this paper, the authors use ontological theory and cognition theory to provide guidelines about how classification should be represented in conceptual models. The authors experimented to test whether clearly distinguishing between classes of things and properties in general enabled users of conceptual models to better understand a domain. They describe a cognitive processing study that examined whether clearly distinguishing between classes of things and properties in general impacts the cognitive behaviours of the users. The results support the use of ontologically sound representations of classes of things and properties in conceptual modelling.
Keyword Conceptual modelling
Information systems development
Normalization
Object role model
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: UQ Business School Publications
 
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