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The REA-DSL: A Domain Specific Modeling Language for Business Models

C. Sonnenberg, C. Huemer, B. Hofreiter, D. Mayrhofer, A. Braccini
Advanced Information Systems Engineering Proceedings of the 23rd International Conference (CAiSE 2011)
252 - 266
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Business Informatics
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Computational Science and Engineering
ISBN: 978-3-642-21639-8
In the discipline of accounting, the resource-event-agent (REA) ontology is a well accepted conceptual accounting framework to analyze the economic phenomena within and across enterprises. Accordingly, it seems to be appropriate to use REA in the requirements elicitation to develop an information architecture of accounting and enterprise information systems. However, REA has received comparatively less attention in the field of business informatics and computer science. Some of the reasons may be that the REA ontology despite of its well grounded core concepts is (1) sometimes vague in the definition of the relationships between these core concepts, (2) misses a precise language to describe the models, and (3) does not come with an easy to understand graphical notation. Accordingly, we have started developing a domain specific modeling language specifically dedicated to REA models and corresponding tool support to overcome these limitations. In this paper we present our REA DSL which supports the basic set of REA concepts.
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