Book Chapter

Using a common-sense realistic ontology: Making data models better map the world

E Kazmierczak, S Milton

Business Systems Analysis with Ontologies | Published : 2005


This chapter examines the following question: “How well do data models map the world?” Data modelling languages are used in today’s information systems engineering environments to model reality. Many have a degree of hype surrounding their quality and applicability with narrow and specific justification often given in support of one over another. We want to more deeply understand the fundamental nature of data modelling languages. We thus propose a theory, based on ontology, that should allow us to understand, compare, evaluate, and strengthen data modelling languages. We then introduce Chisholm’s ontology and apply methods to analyse some data modelling languages using it. We find a good de..

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