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Background & Aims

The field of information and software systems development has resulted in a rich heritage of modelling approaches (e.g. business process modelling, enterprise modelling, value modelling, capability modelling, ontology modelling, and so on). This canon of approaches continuous to be enriched with extensions, refinements, and even new languages, to deal with new challenges. Even with some attempts to standardize (e.g. UML for object-oriented software design, ArchiMate for enterprise architecture modelling, and BPMN for business process modelling), new modelling methods are constantly being introduced, especially in order to deal with emerging trends such as compliance and regulations, cloud computing, big data, business analytics, the internet of things, cyber-physical systems, etc. These introduce challenges to modeling as well: scalability, privacy, security, and performance – to list a few, and may call for extending existing modelling methods or developing new ones. These ongoing changes significantly impact the way systems are being analyzed and designed in practice.

Evaluation of modelling methods contributes to the knowledge and understanding of their strengths and weaknesses. This knowledge may guide researchers towards the development of the next generation of modelling methods and help practitioners select the modelling methods most appropriate to their needs. A variety of empirical and non-empirical evaluation approaches can be found in the literature: feature comparison, meta-modelling, metrics, paradigmatic analyses, contingency identification, ontological evaluation, surveys, laboratory and field experiments, case studies, and action research. Yet, there is a paucity of such research in the literature.

The objective of the EMMSAD conference series is to provide a forum for researchers and practitioners interested in modelling methods for Systems Analysis and Development (SA&D) to meet and exchange research ideas and results. To this end, the focus is on both insights in modelling for SA&D in general, and the fostering of cross-pollination of insights between different specific modelling approaches (such as business process modelling, enterprise modelling, value modelling, capability modeling, etc.).

EMMSAD provides the participants an opportunity to present their research papers and experience reports, and to take part in open discussions. 

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