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Contextualization as an Abstraction Mechanism for Conceptual Modeling

Summary: Contextualization as an Abstraction Mechanism
for Conceptual Modeling
Manos Theodorakis1 2, Anastasia Analyti1, Panos Constantopoulos1 2, and
Nicolas Spyratos3
Institute of Computer Science, FORTH, P.O.Box 1385, GR 711 10 Heraklion, Crete, Greece
fetheodor j analyti j panosg@ics.forth.gr
Department of Computer Science, University of Crete, Heraklion, Greece
fetheodor j panosg@csd.uch.gr
Universite de Paris-Sud, LRI-Bat 490, 91405 Orsay Cedex, France
Abstract. The notion of context appears in several disciplines, including com-
puter science, under various forms. In this paper, we are concerned with a notion
of context in the area of conceptual modeling. First, we present a simple defini-
tion whereby a context is seen as a set of objects, within which each object has
a set of names and possibly a reference: the reference of the object is another
context which "hides" detailed information about the object. Then, we enhance
our simple notion of context by structuring its contents through the traditional ab-


Source: Analyti, Anastasia - Institute of Computer Science, Foundation of Research and Technology, Hellas


Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences