The Knowledge Management Research Group

Conceptual modeling

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)).

From this to thatULM

The Unified Modeling Language

Thought patterns

Educational design patterns



  • Terminologiskt smörgåsbord på Nordterm 2003, 11-14 juni, Visby
 Contact: Ambjörn Naeve 
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