Evaluation of Reference Models

Evaluation of Reference Models

Ulrich Frank (University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany)
Copyright: © 2007 |Pages: 23
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-054-7.ch006


Evaluating a reference model is a demanding task. Not only that reference models inherit the problems well known from the evaluation of conceptual models in general. Furthermore, their claim for general (re-) usability implies to take into account the possible variety of requirements and specific constraints within the set of potential applications. This chapter presents a method that is aimed at fostering a differentiated and balanced judgement of reference models. For this purpose, it takes into account various perspectives - among others an economic, an engineering and an epistemological perspective. It also includes a process model that demonstrates how to organize a specific evaluation project.

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