Towards a Definition of the “Information Bearing Capability” of a Conceptual Data Schema

  • Hongwei Xu
  • Junkang Feng


A fundamental question in information systems (IS) and semantic theories of information is how data in an information system represents information. It would appear that little has been said in the IS literature on how the conditions for data to represent information should be formally defined. We will address this question by defining the Information Bearing Capability (IBC) of a data schema. In this paper, we will articulate this capability. This notion plays a central role in a semantic analysis of a conceptual data schema.


Infonnation System Semantic Relation Informational Content Primary Meaning Information Capacity 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hongwei Xu
    • 1
  • Junkang Feng
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Information and Communications TechnologiesUniversity of PaisleyPaisleyUK

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