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An analysis and characterisation of publicly available conceptual models

Keet, C. Maria and Pabo Ruben Fillottrani (2015) An analysis and characterisation of publicly available conceptual models. In Johannesson, Paul, Mong-Li Lee, Stephen W. Liddle, Andreas L. Opdahl and Oscar Pastor Lopez, Eds. Proceedings 34th International Conference on Conceptual Modeling (ER'15) 9381, pages 585-593, Stockholm, Sweden.

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Multiple conceptual data modelling languages exist, with newer version typically having more features to model the universe of discourse more precisely. The question arises, however, to what extent those features are actually used in extant models, and whether characteristic profiles can be discerned. We quantitatively evaluated this with a set of 105 UML Class Diagrams, ER and EER models, and ORM and ORM2 diagrams. When more features are available, they are used, but few times. Only 64\% of the entities are the kind of entities that appear in all three language families. Different profiles are identified that characterise how a typical UML, (E)ER and ORM diagram looks like.

EPrint Type:Conference Paper
Keywords:Conceptual Data Model, EER, UML, ORM
Subjects:H Information Systems: H.1 MODELS AND PRINCIPLES
H Information Systems: H.2 DATABASE MANAGEMENT
ID Code:1040
Deposited By:Keet, C. Maria
Deposited On:13 November 2015
Alternative Locations:http://www.meteck.org/files/ER15modelAnalysis.pdf, http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007%2F978-3-319-25264-3_45