A conceptual modeling framework for expressing observational data semantics

Shawn Bowers*, Joshua S. Madin, Mark P. Schildhauer

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Observational data (i.e., data that records observations and measurements) plays a key role in many scientific disciplines. Observational data, however, are typically structured and described in ad hoc ways, making its discovery and integration difficult. The wide range of data collected, the variety of ways the data are used, and the needs of existing analysis applications make it impractical to define "one-size-fits-all" schemas for most observational data sets. Instead, new approaches are needed to flexibly describe observational data for effective discovery and integration. In this paper, we present a generic conceptual-modeling framework for capturing the semantics of observational data. The framework extends standard conceptual modeling approaches with new constructs for describing observations and measurements. Key to the framework is the ability to describe observation context, including complex, nested context relationships. We describe our proposed modeling framework, focusing on context and its use in expressing observational data semantics.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationConceptual Modeling - ER 2008
Subtitle of host publication27th International Conference on Conceptual Modeling, Proceedings
EditorsQing Li, Stefano Spaccapietra, Eric Yu, Antoni Olivé
Place of PublicationBerlin, Heidelberg
PublisherSpringer, Springer Nature
Number of pages14
Volume5231 LNCS
ISBN (Electronic)9783540878773
ISBN (Print)3540878769, 9783540878766
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Event27th International Conference on Conceptual Modeling, ER 2008 - Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 20 Oct 200824 Oct 2008

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume5231 LNCS
ISSN (Print)03029743
ISSN (Electronic)16113349


Other27th International Conference on Conceptual Modeling, ER 2008




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