Category:Conceptual Information Model
Definition: A representation of real-world objects and their relationships and constraints as understood by domain experts, without implementation-specific details
Reference Definition: An abstract model focusing on the 'conceptual perspective'. CIMs may not define attributes and when they do, they do not define specific codes or code systems from which semantic types might originate. CIMs maintain maximal reuse capability. They allow a domain expert to provide requirements in their language and allow a terminologist, downstream in the development process, to assign appropriate value sets or code-system content to each abstract semantic type. (HL7 SAIF-IF)
Reference Definition: A CIM is also often referred to as a business or domain model because it uses a vocabulary that is familiar to the subject matter experts (SMEs). It presents exactly what the system is expected to do, but hides all information technology related specifications to remain independent of how that system will be (or currently is) implemented. (Object Management Group (OMG) website)
Category: Information Model
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