On the general ontological foundations of conceptual modeling

G. Guizzardi, Heinrich Herre, Gerd Wagner

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    As pointed out in the pioneering work of [WSW99,EW01], an upper level ontology allows to evaluate the ontological correctness of a conceptual model and to develop guidelines how the constructs of a conceptual modeling language should be used. In this paper we adopt the General Ontological Language (GOL), proposed in [DHHS01], for this purpose. We discuss a number of issues that arise when applying the concepts of GOL to UML class diagrams as a conceptual modeling language. We also compare our ontological analysis of some parts of the UML with the one proposed in [EW01].
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationConceptual modeling - ER 2002
    Subtitle of host publicationproceedings of the 21st Conference, Tampere, Finland, October 7-11, 2002
    EditorsStefano Spaccapietra, Salvatore T. March, Yahiko Kambayashi
    Place of PublicationBerlin/Heidelberg
    Number of pages14
    ISBN (Print)978-3-540-44277-6
    Publication statusPublished - 2002
    Event21th International Conference on Conceptual Modeling, ER 2002 - Tampere, Finland
    Duration: 7 Oct 200211 Oct 2002
    Conference number: 21

    Publication series

    NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
    ISSN (Print)0302-9743
    ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


    Conference21th International Conference on Conceptual Modeling, ER 2002
    Abbreviated titleER


    • METIS-207068
    • EWI-8661
    • IR-63852

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