Research commentary: Information systems and conceptual modeling - A research agenda

Wand, Yair and Weber, Ronald (2002) Research commentary: Information systems and conceptual modeling - A research agenda. Information Systems Research, 13 4: 363-376. doi:10.1287/isre.13.4.363.69

Author Wand, Yair
Weber, Ronald
Title Research commentary: Information systems and conceptual modeling - A research agenda
Journal name Information Systems Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1047-7047
Publication date 2002
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1287/isre.13.4.363.69
Volume 13
Issue 4
Start page 363
End page 376
Total pages 14
Place of publication United States of America
Publisher INFORMS
Collection year 2002
Language eng
Subject C1
280111 Conceptual Modelling
700199 Computer software and services not elsewhere classified
0806 Information Systems
0807 Library and Information Studies
1503 Business and Management
Abstract Within the information systems field, the task of conceptual modeling involves building a representation of selected phenomena in some domain. High-quality conceptual-modeling work is important because it facilitates early detection and correction of system development errors. It also plays an increasingly important role in activities like business process reengineering and documentation of best-practice data and process models in enterprise resource planning systems. Yet little research has been undertaken on many aspects of conceptual modeling. In this paper, we propose a framework to motivate research that addresses the following fundamental question: How can we model the world to better facilitate our developing, implementing, using, and maintaining more valuable information systems? The framework comprises four elements: conceptual-modeling grammars, conceptual-modeling methods, conceptual-modeling scripts, and conceptual-modeling contexts. We provide examples of the types of research that have already been undertaken on each element and illustrate research opportunities that exist.
Keyword Computer Science, Information Systems
Information Science & Library Science
Conceptual Modeling
Information Systems Development
Part-whole Relations
Entity-relationship Models
Worth 10000 Words
Ontological Analysis
Q-Index Code C1

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