Conceptual modelling and ontology: Possibilities and pitfalls

Weber, Ron (2003) Conceptual modelling and ontology: Possibilities and pitfalls. Journal of Database Management, 14 3: 1-20.

Author Weber, Ron
Title Conceptual modelling and ontology: Possibilities and pitfalls
Journal name Journal of Database Management   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1063-8016
Publication date 2003-07-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 14
Issue 3
Start page 1
End page 20
Total pages 20
Editor K. Siau
Place of publication Hershey, PA, U.S.A.
Publisher Idea Group Publishing
Language eng
Subject C1
729901 Technological and organisational innovation
280110 Systems Theory
Abstract Conceptual modelling is an activity undertaken during information systems development work to build a representation of selected semantics about some real-world domain. Ontological theories have been developed to account for the structure and behavior of the real world in general. In this paper, I discuss why ontological theories can be used to inform conceptual modelling research, practice, and pedagogy. I provide examples from my research to illustrate how a particular ontological theory has enabled me to improve my understanding of certain conceptual modelling practices and grammars. I describe, also, how some colleagues and I have used this theory to generate several counter-intuitive, sometimes surprising predictions about widely advocated conceptual modelling practices - predictions that subsequently were supported in empirical research we undertook. Finally, I discuss several possibilities and pitfalls I perceived to be associated with our using ontological theories to underpin research on conceptual modelling.
Keyword Conceptual modelling
Conceptual modelling grammars
Information systems development
Real-world semantics
Q-Index Code C1

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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