Using UML for Reference Modeling

Using UML for Reference Modeling

Peter Fettke (Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz, Germany and German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), Germany), Peter Loos (Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz, Germany and German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), Germany) and Jörg Zwicker (Institute for Information Systems (IWi) at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), Germany)
Copyright: © 2007 |Pages: 32
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-174-2.ch009
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Abstract

Within the Information Systems field, information modeling is a vital instrument to develop information systems. However, the modeling process is often resource-consuming and faulty. As a way to overcome these failures and to improve and to accelerate the development of enterprise-specific models, the concept of reference modeling has been introduced. A reference model is a conceptual framework and may be used as a blueprint for information systems development. Yet little research has been undertaken on using Unified Modeling Language (UML) for reference modeling. In this paper, we analyze potentials and limitations of using UML for reference modeling. Our investigation is based on the framework for research on conceptual modeling proposed by Wand & Weber. The framework comprises four elements: reference modeling languages, reference modeling methods, reference models, and reference modeling context. Each framework element is discussed with respect to possible applications and limitations of UML for reference modeling. As well, we illustrate further research opportunities.

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Foreword
Olov Forsgren
Preface
Peter Rittgen
Acknowledgments
Peter Rittgen
Chapter 1
Lars Baekgaard
This chapter presents an extension that makes UML better suited for business activity modeling. We extend UML’s activity diagrams with events in... Sample PDF
Extending UML to Support Business Activity Modeling
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Chapter 2
Pablo David Villarreal, Enrique Salomone, Omar Chiotti
This chapter describes the application of MDA (Model-Driven Architecture) and UML for the modeling and specification of collaborative business... Sample PDF
Modeling and Specification of Collaborative Business Processes with a MDS Approach and a UML Profile
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Chapter 3
Anna Medve
This chapter introduces the User Requirements Notation (URN) standardized formal methods and its joint use with Unified Modeling Language (UML) in... Sample PDF
Enterprise modeling with the Joint Use of User Requirements Notation and UML
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Chapter 4
Pedro Sousa, Artur Caetano, André Vasconcelos, Carla Pereira, José Tribolet
Organizations make extensive use of information systems to support planning, decision making, controlling and to leverage competitive advantage.... Sample PDF
Enterprise Architecture Modeling with the Unified Modeling Language
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Chapter 5
Stefan Dietze
This chapter introduces a conceptual metamodel which enables the assessment and semi-formal modeling of business processes in the domain of software... Sample PDF
Adaptation of the UML to Formalized Software Development Process Assessment and Modeling- Dedicated Metamodel and Case Study
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Chapter 6
Sandy Tyndale-Biscoe, Antonio Vallecillo, Bryan Wood
RM-ODP is a standard defining a framework for the specification of large distributed systems that is based on solid foundations, and that defines... Sample PDF
Enterprise Modeling with ODP and UML
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Chapter 7
Peter Rittgen
The Language-Action Perspective provides a communicative view on the organization. In it an organization is characterized as a system of interacting... Sample PDF
A Language-Action Approach to the Design of UML Models
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Chapter 8
andra Haraldson, Mikael Lind, Jan Loausson
Business modeling is concerned with asking questions and giving answers to these questions. In systems development different types of diagrams... Sample PDF
Using UML Notation for Modeling Business Interaction
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Chapter 9
Peter Fettke, Peter Loos, Jörg Zwicker
Within the Information Systems field, information modeling is a vital instrument to develop information systems. However, the modeling process is... Sample PDF
Using UML for Reference Modeling
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Chapter 10
Kamyar Sarshar, Peter Loos
Given that business processes are performed in an organizational context, it is essential that process modeling notations provide proper mechanisms... Sample PDF
Modeling the Resource Perspective of Business Processes by UML Activity Diagram and Object Petri Net
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Chapter 11
Herman Balsters
Businesses can change their business structure by merging with other companies or, on the other end of the spectrum, by smoothly outsourcing some of... Sample PDF
Merging and Outsourcing Information Systems with UML
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Chapter 12
András Pataricza, András Balogh, Lazlos Gonczy
This chapter introduces the main notions related to the dependability of applications in a self-contained way in order to bring the topic near to... Sample PDF
Verification and Validation of Nonfunctional Aspects in Enterprise Modeling
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