The purpose of Conceptual Modeling is to help us disregard irrelevant structures by building relationships between idealized concepts that focus on what is essential. Efficient concepts disregard almost everything in a way that is noticed as little as possible. "The power of thinking is knowing what not to think about".
We are developing a concept-oriented modeling technique called ULM (Unified Language Modeling), which is a dialect of the UML (Unified Modeling Language), an international standard for information systems modeling that has emerged from the object-oriented modeling community. The purpose of ULM is to visually represent how we speak about a knowledge domain. Having visual access to the history of a verbal presentation or discussion renders it a permanence that greatly facilitates the conceptual calibration process that is involved in the negotiation of consensus within a group. We are presently applying ULM to the modeling of the structure and activities of several different organizations (SIH, STEM, and UR) and projects (IT standardization, IT-accessibility, Dyslexia (SpråkaLoss)).
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- Terminologiskt smörgåsbord på Nordterm 2003, 11-14 juni, Visby
Contact: Ambjörn Naeve