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Bridging the gap between natural and information modeling languages: an informal approach to information modeling learning

Bridging the gap between natural and information modeling languages: an informal approach to information modeling learning

Abstract - Information modeling is an early stage of database design. It deals with the structure of information in a certain business or domain. Information modeling is studied in database courses using the Entity-Relationship approach, or one of its dialects. This article presents an informal, pragmatic approach to the learning of information modeling, in which students answer true or false to assertions about given models. It is based on similarities between natural and information modeling languages. This approach has demonstrated to be an effective, rapid way to sharpen modeling skills, as our initial statistical results show.
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