REA-XML: An Unambiguous Language for REA Business Models

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Mayrhofer, D., Huemer, C., Hofreiter, B., & Sonnenberg, C. (2011). REA-XML: An Unambiguous Language for REA Business Models. Paper presented at the The 8th IEEE International Conference on e-Business Engineering (ICEBE 2011), Beijing, China.

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Paper in Conference Proceedings


Conceptual languages to describe business models - not business process models - become increasingly important. One of the most expressive approaches towards business models is the Resource-Event-Agent (REA) ontology. REA has a substantial back-up in economic and accounting theory, but did lack a dedicated representation language for many years. Recently, we have introduced a domain specific modeling language including a REA meta model and a pertinent graphical notation. In this paper we build upon our previous work, but aim for a representation language that is able to serve as a serialization syntax also for other REA modeling approaches using UML class diagrams or OWL, etc. As a result we come up with REA-XML, an XML schema that allows a precise, tool-independent representation of REA models and that may also serve as an REA model exchange language between different tools.


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