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Background & Aims

The field of information and software systems development has resulted in a rich heritage of modelling methods and notations (e.g. ER, ORM, UML, ArchiMate, EPC, BPMN, DEMO). This canon of methods and notations 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, etc. These ongoing changes significantly impact the way information and software systems, enterprises, and business processes are being analysed 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.

Moreover, the rapid pace of change, innovation, and adoption makes us deal with digitalizing the world, competing with big data and advanced analytics, joining the social matrix, deploying the Internet of (all) Things, offering anything as a service, and automating knowledge work. 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.

The EMMSAD conference focuses on evaluating, as well as exploring and enhancing, modelling methods and techniques for the development of information and software systems, enterprises, and business processes. The objective of the EMMSAD conference series is to provide a forum for researchers and practitioners interested in evaluation and modelling methods for systems development to meet and exchange research ideas and results. It also provides the participants an opportunity to present their research papers and experience reports, and to take part in open discussions.
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