CFP: Quality of Conceptual Models

From: Geert Poels <>
Date: Fri, 28 Mar 2003 13:18:11 GMT
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-- deadline approaching - abstracts: March, 29; full papers: April, 11 --

Second International Workshop on Conceptual Modeling Quality (IWCMQ03) October 13, 2003
Chicago, Illinois, USA

Held in conjunction with the 22nd International Conference on Conceptual Modeling (ER03) URL: October 13-16, 2003

A keynote address will be delivered by a top researcher in the field of conceptual modeling quality

SCOPE OF THE WORKSHOP Quality in conceptual modeling has been a topic of research since the early nineties. After a relatively quiet period in the mid-nineties, a renewed interest in conceptual modeling quality issues is observed. The theme of IWCMQ'03 is 'Quality assurance of modeling processes'. The workshop intends to
provide a forum for researchers and practitioners working on approaches, frameworks, methods, techniques, guidelines, and tools for measuring, predicting, evaluating, controlling, and improving the quality of conceptual modeling processes, facilities and products. Conceptual modeling fulfills a bridge function with other disciplines such as
business process (re)engineering, requirements engineering, information systems
engineering, software engineering, web application/site design, and database design. Therefore the workshop is not limited to a particular flavor of conceptual modeling. It is open to work related to any type of 'real-world' requirements modeling and analysis (e.g. domain modeling, business/enterprise
modeling, conceptual data modeling, process modeling, conceptual modeling of E-business/web-based applications).
The concrete objective of IWCMQ'03 is to sketch a field-overlapping state-of-the-art of quality in conceptual modeling, identify possible paths of
collaboration, and point out future research directions. We cordially invite researchers and practitioners to submit original research,
survey or experience papers to IWCMQ'03. All accepted papers will be published
in a volume of the Springer-Verlag LNCS series, that will contain the proceedings of the ER'03 workshops.

TOPICS OF INTEREST Submissions are invited, but not limited, to the following topics, organized in
four areas:
Theoretical Foundations of Conceptual Modeling Quality
* Quality criteria and frameworks for conceptual models

  • Quality models for conceptual modeling processes
  • Reference theories for conceptual modeling quality
  • Quality standards applied to conceptual modeling
  • Ontological correctness in modeling
  • Consistency of conceptual modeling artifacts
  • Goodness of transformation: real world to conceptual, conceptual to physical, etc.
  • Pragmatic quality of conceptual modeling artifacts

Assessing Conceptual Modeling Quality
* Quality checklists, rating instruments, and questionnaires

  • Quality assessment based on expert/domain knowledge
  • Subjective assessment instruments versus objective measures
  • Measures of completeness, correctness, consistency, and coverage
  • Cognitive complexity measures
  • Size and structural complexity measures
  • Pragmatic quality measures
  • Quality assurance of modeling processes
  • Comparative quality evaluation of conceptual modeling methods, notations and processes
  • Evaluating suitability of ontology to domain and/or audience
  • Validation of measures
  • Measurement collection tools

Evaluating Conceptual Modeling Quality
* Case studies or other real world experiences in conceptual modeling
* Experiments in conceptual modeling quality

  • Evaluation frameworks and threshold values for measures
  • Benchmarking conceptual modeling quality
  • Conceptual modeling quality and information system quality
  • Conceptual modeling quality and database quality
  • Indicators of conceptual modeling quality
  • Prediction/estimation models for conceptual modeling quality
  • Measurement analysis tools

Controlling and Improving Conceptual Modeling Quality
* Refactoring of conceptual modeling artifacts

  • Schema transformations for improving quality
  • Testing/inspecting conceptual modeling artifacts
  • Quality guidelines for conceptual modeling
  • Conceptual modeling process improvement
  • Conceptual modeling method engineering
  • Organizing the conceptual modeling quality assurance process
  • Automating the conceptual modeling quality assurance process

Other topics where conceptual modeling quality is the major theme are welcome.

SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS Authors of workshop papers are invited to submit original contributions, in Springer LNCS format, restricted to 12 pages. The papers must not be submitted
to, or accepted by any other conference, workshop or journal. The paper must
be either in RTF, PostScript or PDF format. The Springer LNCS Author Instructions can be consulted at

Abstracts and papers must be submitted, electronically, to All submitted papers will be reviewed by the Program Committee and accepted papers will be presented at the workshop and included in
the workshop proceedings (published in Springer LNCS series).

IMPORTANT DATES Submission of paper abstracts: March 29, 2003 Submission of full papers: April 11, 2003 Notification of acceptance: May 20, 2003 Camera-ready copy due: June 14, 2003
Workshop date: October 13, 2003

ORGANISATION COMMITTEE Marcela Genero (University of Castilla-La Mancha, Ciudad Real, Spain)
Jim Nelson (Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA)
Geert Poels (Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium)

Mario Piattini (University of Castilla-La Mancha, Spain)

Sjaak Brinkkemper (Baan, The Netherlands) Giovanni Cantone (University of Rome, Italy) Guido Dedene (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium) Brian Henderson-Sellers (University of Technology Sidney, Australia) Paul Johannesson (Stockholm University, Sweden) Barbara Kitchenham (Keele University, UK) John Krogstie (Sintef, Norway)
Heinrich Mayr (University of Klagenfurt, Austria)

Daniel Moody (Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic)
Jeff Parsons (Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada)
Oscar Pastor (University of Valence, Spain)
Houari Sahraoui(Université de Montréal,Canadá) Reinhard Schuette (University of Essen, Germany) Gustavo Rossi (National University of La Plata, Argentine) Keng Siau (University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA) Guttorm Sindre (Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway)
Monique Snoeck (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium) Bernhard Thalheim(Brandenburg University of Technology at Cottbus, Germany) Received on Fri Mar 28 2003 - 14:18:11 CET

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