Tangible Modelling to Elicit Domain Knowledge: An Experiment and Focus Group

Dan Ionita, Roelf J. Wieringa, Jan-Willem Bullee, Alexandr Vasenev

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    Conceptual models represent social and technical aspects of the world relevant to a variety of technical and non-technical stakehold- ers. To build these models, knowledge might have to be collected from domain experts who are rarely modelling experts and don’t usually have the time or desire to learn a modelling language. We investigate an app- roach to overcome this challenge by using physical tokens to represent the conceptual model. We call the resulting models tangible models. We illustrate this idea by creating a tangible representation of a socio- technical modelling language and provide initial evidence of the relative usability and utility of tangible versus abstract modelling. We discuss psychological and social theories that could explain these observations and discuss generalizability and scalability of the approach.
    Original languageUndefined
    Title of host publication34th International Conference on Conceptual Modeling, ER 2015
    EditorsPaul Johannesson, Mong Li Lee, Stephen W. Liddle, Andreas L. Opdahl, Óscar Pastor López
    Place of PublicationBerlin
    Number of pages8
    ISBN (Print)978-3-319-25263-6
    Publication statusPublished - 22 Oct 2015
    Event34th International Conference on Conceptual Modeling, ER 2015 - Stockholm, Sweden
    Duration: 19 Oct 201522 Oct 2015
    Conference number: 34

    Publication series

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


    Conference34th International Conference on Conceptual Modeling, ER 2015
    Abbreviated titleER


    • EWI-26390
    • SCS-Cybersecurity
    • Tangible modelling
    • Socio-technical
    • EC Grant Agreement nr.: FP7/2007-2013
    • IR-97944
    • Enterprise models
    • Usability experiment
    • Participatory modelling
    • METIS-312746
    • EC Grant Agreement nr.: FP7/318003

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