Architectural Conventions

The third level of convention — the subject of this book — consists of modeling similar business situations in similar ways. Using common shapes for common phenomena can address both of data modeling’s problems: familiar shapes make models easier to read, at least by fellow analysts familiar with the conventions; and shapes used in common by many enterprises are more likely to describe things that are fundamental to each enterprise.

In the author’s original book, your author called these “semantic conventions”, to emphasize the fact that these are concerned with the structure of the business things recognized by the people who do the work in a company or government agency. Since then, work has been done by groups such ...

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