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
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.