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SBVR15 — Concept System

  • Key: SBVR15-57
  • Legacy Issue Number: 19541
  • Status: open  
  • Source: Business Rule Solutions, LLC ( Ron Ross)
  • Summary:

    Rectifying the Relationship Between SBVR and ISO 1087 Terms "Concept System" and "Relation"

    SBVR uses two terms "concept system" and "relation" found in ISO 1087 but extends these notions in important ways. Specifically, SBVR supports more "elements of concept system structure" than ISO 1087 does – especially, but not exclusively, associations (verb concepts). ISO 1087 defines only some kinds of relation, such as 'generic relation', 'partitive relation', 'hierarchical relation'. Use of the terms "concept system" and "relation" in SBVR should be rectified.

    1. "Concept System" appears in several places in SBVR, as follows:

    • In the definition of Characteristic Type (p. 147)
    • In the name and definition of "Elements of Concept System Structure" (p. 154)
    • In text (p. 190 and p. 195)
      However, "concept system" is not defined in SBVR.

    2. "Relation" (in the ISO sense roughly meaning 'connection') appears in several places in SBVR, as follows:

    • In the definition of Body of Shared Meaning (p. 142) and in a note for that entry.
    • in the definition of Category (p. 148) Note: Its use here may not be inconsistent with ISO.
    • In the definition of More General Concept (p. 148) Note: Its use here may not be inconsistent with ISO.

    RESOLUTION

    1. "Concept System" is a synonym in SBVR for "Body of Shared Concepts" and should be explicitly treated as such.
    2. "Concept System" should be indicated as the preferred term for the concept "Body of Shared Concepts". ("Body of Shared Concepts" is awkward and not memorable.)
    3. A Note should be added to the entry for "Body of Shared Concepts" indicating ISO 1087 as the source for the term "concept system". Note: The ISO definition should not be indicated as the Basis for the entry since the ISO meaning is much more restricted.
    4. Replace "relation" with "connection" in the definition of Body of Shared Meaning (p. 142) and in a note for that entry.
    5. Replace "relation" with "connection" in the definitions of Category (p. 148) and More General Concept (p. 148).

  • Reported: SBVR 1.1 — Thu, 24 Jul 2014 04:00 GMT
  • Updated: Tue, 9 Jul 2019 14:49 GMT