Conceptual Modeling

This page is a sub-page of the page on Modeling and Mapping.

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Related KMR-pages:

Conceptual Modeling at the old KMR web site.

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Abductive and Deductive thinking:

Abductive and Deductive thinking

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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”.

Unified Language Modeling – a modeling technique to visually represent how we talk about things.

We have developed 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 have applied the ULM technique to the modeling of the structure and activities of several different organizations (SIH, STEM, and UR) and projects (IT standardization, IT-accessibility, Dyslexia (SpråkaLoss)).

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Representing conceptual relationships in UML:

Representing conceptual relationships in UML

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Four basic types of conceptual relationships – three of which form hierarchies:

Four basic types of conceptual relationships - three of which form hierarchies

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The hierarchical directions from his to that:

The hierarchical directions from this to that

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The calibration process between two different descriptions of the same thing:

The calibration process between two different descriptions of the same thing2

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Language-based concept formation:

Language-based Concept Formation:

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The basic epistemological structure of a knowledge patch:

The basic epistemological structure of a knowledge patch

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A context diagram for a knowledge component:

A context diagram for a knowledge component

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The Garden of Knowledge being transformed into a Patchwork of Knowledge:

The Garden of Knowledge being transformed into a Patchwork of Knowledge

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The basic structure of a Knowledge Manifold:

The basic structure of a Knowledge Manifold

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Three different kinds (= modes) of conceptual browsing:

Three different kinds (= modes) of conceptual browsing

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A contextual overview of conceptual browsing:

A contextual overview of conceptual browsing

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