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Discourse-Orientation in Conceptual Model Quality Research - Foundations, Procedure Model and Applications

Peter Fettke; Constantin Houy; Philipp Leupoldt; Peter Loos
Institute for Information Systems (IWi) at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), Publications of the Institute for Information Systems (IWi) at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) (IWi-Heft), Vol. 197, 1/2014.

Abstract

Conceptual models have gained tremendous importance for the Information Systems (IS) discipline in recent years. As the quality of conceptual models plays an important role for their practical benefits, different approaches for systematic model quality evaluation have emerged. These approaches, however, are often based on different notions and conceptualizations of model quality. In this contribution, we refrain from conceptualizing and operationalizing model quality a priori. In contrast, we assume that the determination of model quality and appropriate quality criteria has to be negotiated in a discourse between modelers and model users based on their different perspectives. Following this assumption, we present a procedure model and a software prototype for the (re)construction and evaluation of conceptual model quality discourses. Exemplary applications of this procedure model and the software prototype show that discourse-orientation can significantly contribute to a better understanding of different model quality notions and requirements and can, thus, support quality improvement of conceptual models.

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http://www.uni-saarland.de/fileadmin/user_upload/Professoren/fr13_ProfLoos/IWi-Heft_197_Model_Quality.pdf