ISSN : 1796-217X
Volume : 3    Issue : 1    Date : January 2008

Design and Implementation of a Version Management System for Reference Modeling
Oliver Thomas
Page(s): 49-62
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The central idea in reference modeling is the reutilization of the business knowledge contained in a
reference model. The user’s task in reference model-based construction is the adaptation of the
reference model. The derivation of specific models from reference models corresponds with the
creation of reference model variants. Research on the design of such variant constructions
generally assumes an unchangeable stock of reference models. The potential inherent in the
management of these variant constructions, which reflect the changes in designed reference
models through time and in doing so, their evolutionary development, has not yet been tapped into.
The article at hand analyzes this problem and presents a concept for the version management of
reference models as a solution. The task to be mastered with the proposed approach will be
concretized using data structures and a system architecture and then prototypically implemented.

Index Terms
Information model, information modeling, reference model, reference modeling, version, version
management, reference modeling tool