The Evolution of Conceptual Modeling

From a Historical Perspective towards the Future of Conceptual Modeling

  • Roland Kaschek
  • Lois Delcambre

Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6520)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
  2. Section I: The Evolution of Conceptual Modeling Techniques

    1. Christian Kop, Heinrich C. Mayr
      Pages 21-41
    2. Bernd Neumayr, Michael Schrefl, Bernhard Thalheim
      Pages 68-92
    3. Brian Henderson-Sellers
      Pages 93-116
    4. Vladimir A. Shekhovtsov
      Pages 117-136
  3. Section II: Extensions of Conceptual Modeling

    1. David W. Embley, Stephen W. Liddle, Cui Tao
      Pages 137-160
    2. Devis Bianchini, Valeria De Antonellis, Michele Melchiori
      Pages 161-179
    3. Georg Grossmann, Rajesh Thiagarajan, Michael Schrefl, Markus Stumptner
      Pages 180-204
    4. Dietmar Jannach, Alexander Gut
      Pages 225-253
    5. Gerti Kappel, Manuel Wimmer, Werner Retschitzegger, Wieland Schwinger
      Pages 254-284
  4. Section III: New Directions for Conceptual Modeling

    1. Fabio Porto, Stefano Spaccapietra
      Pages 285-305
    2. Oscar Pastor, Ana M. Levin, Matilde Celma, Juan Carlos Casamayor, Aremy Virrueta, Luis E. Eraso
      Pages 306-330
  5. Back Matter

About this book


Conceptual modeling represents a recent approach to creating knowledge. It has emerged in response to the computer revolution, which started in the middle of the 20th century.

Computers, in the meantime, have become a major knowledge media. Conceptual modeling provides an answer to the difficulties experienced throughout the development of computer applications and aims at creating effective, reasonably priced, and sharable knowledge about using computers in business. Moreover, it has become evident that conceptual modeling has the potential to exceed the boundaries of business and computer usage.

This state-of-the-art survey originates from the International Seminar on the Evolution of Conceptual Modeling, held in Dagstuhl Castle, Germany, in April 2008. The major objective of this seminar was to look into conceptual modeling from a historical perspective with a view towards the future of conceptual modeling and to achieve a better understanding of conceptual modeling issues in several different domains of discourse, going beyond individual (modeling) projects.

The book contains 14 chapters. These were carefully selected during two rounds of reviewing and improvement from 26 presentations at the seminar and are preceded by a detailed preface providing general insights into the field of conceptual modeling that are not necessarily discussed in any of the chapters but nevertheless aid in conceptualizing the inner structure and coherence of the field. The chapters are grouped into the following three thematic sections: the evolution of conceptual modeling techniques; the extension of conceptual modeling to a service-oriented, peer-to-peer, or Web context; and new directions for conceptual modeling.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Roland Kaschek
    • 1
  • Lois Delcambre
    • 2
  1. 1.Gymnasium GerresheimDüsseldorfGermany
  2. 2.Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science, Computer Science DepartmentPortland State UniversityPortlandUSA

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