The Ontological Treatment of the 'Event' Construct: Implications for System Analysis and Design
23 Pages Posted: 31 Aug 2006
Date Written: August 2006
Information systems are integral to the management of business and organizational processes. They perform calculations and ascribe values to material and artificial things according to rules designed by the organization and activated when identified events occur. The ontological definition of an event as a state-transition results in the conceptualization of an information system as a state-tracking mechanism. It precludes the representation of events as entities at the conceptual level. Hence, the rules which are often central to the operations of the organization have no conceptual representation. A more substantive ontological definition of an event as an entity having identity and properties results in the conceptualization of an information system as an event-tracking mechanism, giving events and the rules that govern state-transitions the appropriate, central representation at the conceptual level.
Keywords: Conceptual data modeling, event construct, ontology
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