Towards an Ontology for Information Systems Development: A Contextual Approach

Towards an Ontology for Information Systems Development: A Contextual Approach

Mauri Leppänen (University of Jyväskylä, Finland)
Copyright: © 2008 |Pages: 29
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-759-1.ch020
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Abstract

This chapter presents an ISD ontology, which aims to provide an integrated conceptualization of ISD through anchoring it upon a contextual approach. The ISD ontology is composed of concepts, relationships, and constraints referring to purposes, actors, actions, and objects of ISD. It is presented as a vocabulary with explicit definitions and in meta models in a UML-based ontology representation language. We believe that although not complete the ISD ontology can promote the achievement of a shared understanding of contextual aspects in ISD. It can be used to analyze and compare existing frameworks and meta models and as a groundwork for engineering new ISD methods, and parts thereof.

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