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UML and Data Modeling: A Reconciliation by David Hay

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The business owners view (the Row Two model) can be supported, to some degree, by a semantic data model, where entity classes represent only the concrete things seen by business people in their terms. It is not, however, very effective at representing the different terms people use for the same things, or for representing different things that may have the same name. Because of the often conflicting ways different people describe their worlds, therefore, it is often better to use something like the semantic language, Web Ontology Language (OWL), or the English (or other natural) language descriptions that constitute the Object Management Groups approach to semantics and business rules, The Semantics of Business Vocabulary ...

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