Representing things and properties in conceptual modelling: an empirical evaluation

Shanks, Graeme, Nuredini, Jasmina, Tobin, Daniel, Moody, Daniel and Weber, Ron (2003). Representing things and properties in conceptual modelling: an empirical evaluation. In: C. U. Ciborra, R. Mercurio, M. de Marco, M. Martinez and A. Carignani, Proceedings of the Eleventh European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS 2003). ECIS 2003: 11th European Conference on Information Systems, Naples, Italy, (1775-1785). 16-18 June, 2003.

Author Shanks, Graeme
Nuredini, Jasmina
Tobin, Daniel
Moody, Daniel
Weber, Ron
Title of paper Representing things and properties in conceptual modelling: an empirical evaluation
Conference name ECIS 2003: 11th European Conference on Information Systems
Conference location Naples, Italy
Conference dates 16-18 June, 2003
Proceedings title Proceedings of the Eleventh European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS 2003)
Place of Publication London, UK
Publisher Information Systems Group
Publication Year 2003
Sub-type Fully published paper
Open Access Status
Editor C. U. Ciborra
R. Mercurio
M. de Marco
M. Martinez
A. Carignani
Start page 1775
End page 1785
Total pages 11
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
The representation of things and properties is a fundamental issue in conceptual modelling. Important theoretical issues surrounding the representation of things and properties remain unresolved. For example, proponents of object-role modelling argue that there should be no distinction between things and properties, while proponents of entity-relationship modelling argue that the distinction is important but provide ambiguous guidelines about how the distinction should be made. In this paper, we use ontological theory to support our arguments about how things and properties should be represented. We describe an experiment that we undertook to test whether an ontologically sound representation of things and properties enabled users to better understand a domain than two other alternative, widely used representations. Our results provide evidence to support the use of ontologically sound representations of things and properties in conceptual modelling.
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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