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A missing concept? A short postulation about the need for human understanding and an often only implicitly given, fundamental aspect of modeling efforts

Elstermann, Matthes 1
1 Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)


In almost all fundamental modeling or description approaches, especially those meant for the domain of (business) process, there is one description aspect often missing that is core to human understanding of the world: the aspect of active entity or the concept of the subject and its strict differentiation from passive entities (objects). This work postulates that this simple idea is of great importance when approaching any description/modeling, be it made by humans as input/instruction for information systems or AI engines, or be it generated by such a system to explain its inner workings to humans to enable better understanding and therefore acceptance. Therefore, it is proposed that any formal or informal modeling approach should consider these aspects in order to better facilitate human understanding of models and avoid humans working around the lack of expressiveness or try to erroneous interpret non-given information.

Verlagsausgabe §
DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000126466
Veröffentlicht am 20.11.2020
Zitationen: 1
Cover der Publikation
Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Informationsmanagement im Ingenieurwesen (IMI)
Publikationstyp Proceedingsbeitrag
Publikationsjahr 2020
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 1613-0073
KITopen-ID: 1000126466
Erschienen in ER Forum, Demo and Posters 2020: Co-located with 39th International Conference on Conceptual Modeling (ER 2020). Ed.: J. Michael
Veranstaltung 39th International Conference on Conceptual Modeling (ER 2020), Online, 03.11.2020 – 06.11.2020
Verlag RWTH Aachen
Seiten 115-124
Serie CEUR Workshop Proceedings ; 2716
Bemerkung zur Veröffentlichung Die Veranstaltung fand wegen der Corona-Pandemie als Online-Event statt
Schlagwörter Process Modeling, Fundamental Modeling Concept, Subject-Orientation
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