EMMSAD'04 Riga, Latvia

The Ninth CAiSE/IFIP 8.1/EUNO International Conference on Evaluation of Modelling Methods in System Analysis was held in Riga, Latvia on 2004-06-07/08. The CAiSE-Conference was attended by about 200 participants total and 25 participants per workshop. There were eight CAiSE’04 Workshops, under the overall theme ‘Knowledge and Model Driven Information Systems Engineering for Networked Organsations, preceding the CAiSE-Conference. Four of the workshops were concerned with modelling methods of business processes or of information systems, namely;

The other four workshops addressed data and information quality, requirements engineering and foundations of software quality, ubiquitous mobile information and collaboration systems and data integration over the web.

EMMSAD'04 - Workshop Background: The field of systems analysis and design is facing constant evolution. We witnessed the movement from the Structured paradigm to the Object-Oriented paradigm over the last few decades. New approaches such as agile methods and methodologies are being adapted. In addition, systems development approaches such as the Unified Modeling Language (UML) are continuously evolving. These ongoing changes are affecting the way information systems should be analyzed, designed, and developed.

Workshop Focus: The EMMSAD’04 Workshop was focusing on evaluating and enhancing current information modeling methods and methodologies. Though the need for such studies is well recognized, there is a scarcity of evidence of such research in the literature. Evaluation of modeling approaches remains a challenge in the information systems field. EMMSAD’04, the ninth in a series of EMMSAD workshops, is jointly sponsored by the Conference on Advanced Information Systems Engineering (CAiSE), (www.cs.rtu.lv/caise2004) and the International Federation for Information Processing Working Group 8.1 (IFIP8.1) and University Network on Enterprise Modeling and Enterprise Architecture (EUNO, http://www.euno.org). 

A Selection of  papers: 

J. Kabeli and P. Shoval: Quality of Analysis Specifications - a comparison of FOOM and OPM methodologies. FOOM (Functional and Object Oriented Methodologies) combines the two essenrtial software-engineering  paradigms, the functional (process oriented) modelling approach and the object-oriented (OO) approach. The results reveal that the the quality of models produced by FOOM is better than that produced by OPM (Object Process Methodology) .

F. Karlsson and Kai Wistrand: MC Sandbox - tool support for method configuration. An operationalisation of  the method for for Method Configuraiton (MC) into the tool support MC Sandbox is presented using three concepts : method component, configuration package and configuration template. Hence, a tool supported 'integrated' configuration involving several modelling methods like for example the Rational Unified Process (RUP) and Microsft Solution Framework (MSF) via a meta-method becomes feasible and has been validated in a case study.

J. Ralyte et.al.: Towards a Meta-tool for change centric Method Engineering. Method Engineering (ME) helps in method changes required by Infirmation System changes. ME provides different approaches allowing to construct situation specific modelling methods by adapting, extending and improving existing methods or by assembling method components. The paper provides a meta-tool for change-centric ME which takes the form of a typology of generic ME operators.

The workshop proceedings have been published in three volumes by the Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology, Riga University, ISBN 9984-9767-x-y . The proceedings of the CAiSE Conference have been published by Springer Verlag, ISBN 3-540-22151-4 .

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