Ontology-Driven Method Engineering for Information Systems Development

Ontology-Driven Method Engineering for Information Systems Development

Roland Holten (University of Frankfurt, Germany), Alexander Dreiling (Queensland University of Technology, Australia) and Jörg Becker (European Research Center for Information Systems, Germany)
Copyright: © 2005 |Pages: 44
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-339-5.ch007
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Abstract

Information systems development has to deal with evolving technologies and changing environments. Therefore, the engineering of methods as the problem of creating suitable instruments for new situations is critical to information systems development. The failure of IS development projects shows that method engineering is an open field. The question is if and how research on ontology can contribute to overcome the current situation. We show, based on linguistic and philosophical findings, how ontology can be used as linchpin in method engineering. We found that the language critique approach of Kamlah and Lorenzen (1984) provides the means to create ontologies by linguistic actions and that ontologies are always related to language communities sharing the knowledge of using a common language in communication processes. We present an ontology-driven engineering method for information systems development. Our method helps to create required language constructs to handle new situations. The ontology-driven engineering method is demonstrated using an elaborate example case.

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Table of Contents
Preface
Peter F. Green, Michael Rosemann
Acknowledgments
Peter F. Green, Michael Rosemann
Introduction: Setting the Scene
Yair Wand, Ron Weber
Chapter 1
Peter Green, Michael Rosemann
For many years in the area of business systems analysis and design, practitioners and researchers alike have been searching for some comprehensive... Sample PDF
Ontological Analysis of Business Systems Analysis Techniques: Experiences and Proposals for an Enhanced Methodology
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Chapter 2
Graeme Shanks, Jasmina Nuredini, Ron Weber
This chapter examines how ontological theory can be used to predict how alternative conceptual modelling representations affect end-user... Sample PDF
Evaluating Conceptual Modeling Practices: Composites, Things, Properties
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Chapter 3
Peter Fettke, Peter Loos
Within the information systems field, reference models have been known for many years. A reference model is a conceptual framework and may be used... Sample PDF
Ontological Analysis of Reference Models
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Chapter 4
Jörg Evermann
Information systems (IS) are situated in and representations of business and organizational domains. Conceptual models of the real world serve as... Sample PDF
Thinking Ontologically: Conceptual vs. Design Models in UML
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Chapter 5
Andreas Opdahl, Brian Henderson-Sellers
The chapter reviews and augments a previously proposed template for defining enterprise and information systems (IS) modelling constructs. The... Sample PDF
Template-Based Definition of Information Systems and Enterprise Modelling Constructs
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Chapter 6
Iris Reinhartz-Berger, Dov Dori
In this chapter, we introduce a highly expressive, self-contained reflective meta-model of object-process methodology (OPM). OPM enables universal... Sample PDF
A Reflective Meta-Model of Object-Process Methodology: The System Modeling Building Blocks
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Chapter 7
Roland Holten, Alexander Dreiling, Jörg Becker
Information systems development has to deal with evolving technologies and changing environments. Therefore, the engineering of methods as the... Sample PDF
Ontology-Driven Method Engineering for Information Systems Development
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Chapter 8
Ed Kazmierczak, Simon Milton
This chapter examines the following question: “How well do data models map the world?” Data modelling languages are used in today’s information... Sample PDF
Using a Common-Sense Realistic Ontology: Making Data Models Better Map the World
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Chapter 9
Asunción Gomez-Perez, Adolfo Lozano-Tello
In the last years, the development of ontology-based applications has increased considerably, mainly related to the Semantic Web. Users currently... Sample PDF
Applying the ONTOMETRIC Method to Measure the Suitability of Ontologies
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Chapter 10
Benoit A. Aubert, Aymeric Dussart, Michel Patry
This chapter presents a twofold methodology for the evaluation of inter-organizational workflows modeling formalisms. The first approach is... Sample PDF
A Twofold Approach for Evaluating Inter-Organizational Workflow Modeling Formalisms
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Chapter 11
Andrew Gemino
This chapter examines methodological issues arising in the comparison of systems analysis and design techniques. An argument is made to establish a... Sample PDF
Methodological Issues in the Evaluation of System Analysis and Design Techniques
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Chapter 12
Boris Wyssusek, Helmut Klaus
Ontology has attracted considerable attention in information systems analysis and design (ISAD) research. Ontology is philosophy and bears its own... Sample PDF
Ontological Foundations of Information Systems Analysis and Design: Extending the Scope of the Discussion
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Chapter 13
Giancarlo Guizzardi, Gerd Wagner
Foundational ontologies provide the basic concepts upon which any domain-specific ontology is built. This chapter presents a new foundational... Sample PDF
Some Applications of a Unified Foundational Ontology in Business Modeling
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