Web Information Systems : Usage, Content, and Functionally Modelling

The design of large-scale data-intensive web information systems (WIS) requires a clear picture of the intended users and their behaviour in using the system, a support of various access channels and the technology used with them, and an integration of traditional methods for the design of data-intensive information systems with new methods that address the challenges arising from the web-presentation and the open access. This paper presents the conceptual modelling parts of a methodology for the design of WISs that is based on an abstract abstraction layer model (ALM). It concentrates on the two most important layers in this model: a business layer and a conceptual layer. The major activities on the business layer deal with user profiling and storyboarding, which addresses the design of an underlying application story. The core of such a story can be expressed by a directed multi-graph, in which the vertices represent scenes and the edges actions by the users including navigation. This leads to story algebras which can then be used to personalise the WIS to the needs of a user with a particular profile. The major activities on the conceptual layer address the support of scenes by modelling media types, which combine links to databases via extended views with the generation of navigation structures, operations supporting the activities in the storyboard, hierarchical presentations, and adaptivity to users, end-devices and channels. Adding presentation style options this can be used to generate the web-pages that will be presented to the WIS users.


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