Conceptual Modeling Foundations: The Notion of a Model in Conceptual Modeling
A model is a well-formed, adequate, and dependable artifact that represents other origin artifacts. Its criteria of well-formedness, adequacy, and dependability must be commonly accepted by its community of practice within some context and correspond to the functions that a model fulfills in utilization scenarios and use spectra. As an artifact, a model is grounded in its community’s subdiscipline and is based on elements chosen from the subdiscipline. A conceptual model is based on abstract concepts and their interrelationships . A conceptual database model represents the structure and the integrity constraints of a database within the given utilization scenario.
The conceptual modeling community widely uses models for constructing information systems. Conceptual modeling is a widely applied practice, and its application has led to a large body of useful constructs and methods for creating artifacts that describe some abstraction of...