Conceptual Modeling of Enterprise Content

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vom Brocke, J., Becker, J., Simons, A., & Fleischer, S. (2008). Conceptual Modeling of Enterprise Content. Paper presented at the 7th International Conference on Perspectives in Business Informatics Research (BIR 2008), Gdansk, Poland, pp. 216-228.

Publication type

Paper in Conference Proceedings


Enterprise Content Management (ECM) has evolved into an absorbing concept for all industrial sectors. It is undisputed that ECM is a requisite technology for meeting issues of compliance, governance, and business process efficiency. However, the high degree of multiplicity and diversity of digital information - nowadays commonly betokend as "content" - makes it difficult to tailor the implementation of ECM systems (ECMS). In this paper we state that conceptual models may provide a suitable means for mapping an organization's individual content situation in order to support the structured analysis and design of ECMS. On the basis of a literature review, we derive specific requirements for content modeling and show that these requirements are not met by conventional modeling languages. We present the ECML, the Enterprise Content Modeling Language, which is specified by means of meta-modeling and illustrated on the basis of a simplified application example. This article is a revision of a paper originally presented at the 14th Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS 2008), Toronto, Canada.


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Organizational Units

  • Institute of Information Systems
  • Hilti Chair of Business Process Management