On the ontological quality and logical quality of conceptual-modeling grammars: the need for a dual perspective

Clarke, Roger, Burton-Jones, Andrew and Weber, Ron (2016) On the ontological quality and logical quality of conceptual-modeling grammars: the need for a dual perspective. Information Systems Research, 27 2: 365-382. doi:10.1287/isre.2016.0631


Author Clarke, Roger
Burton-Jones, Andrew
Weber, Ron
Title On the ontological quality and logical quality of conceptual-modeling grammars: the need for a dual perspective
Journal name Information Systems Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1047-7047
1526-5536
Publication date 2016-06
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1287/isre.2016.0631
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 27
Issue 2
Start page 365
End page 382
Total pages 18
Place of publication Catonsville, MD, United States
Publisher Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (I N F O R M S)
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Abstract Acore activity in information systems development involves building a conceptual model of the domain that an information system is intended to support. Such models are created using a conceptual-modeling (CM) grammar. Just as high-quality conceptual models facilitate high-quality systems development, high-quality CM grammars facilitate high-quality CM. This paper provides a new perspective on ways to improve the quality of the semantics of CM grammars. For many years, the leading approach to this topic has relied on ontological theory. We show, however, that the ontological approach captures only half the story; it needs to be coupled with a logical approach. We explain how the ontological and logical qualities of CM grammars interrelate. Furthermore, we outline three contributions of a logical approach to evaluating the quality of CM grammars: a means of seeing some familiar CM problems in simpler ways, illumination of new problems, and proving the benefit of modifying existing CM grammars in particular ways. We demonstrate these benefits in the context of the Entity-Relationship grammar. More generally, our paper opens a new area of research with many opportunities for future research and practice.
Keyword Conceptual modeling
Semantics
Ontology
Logic
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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