Discovering Business Level Concept Maps
The Exploration stage follows the principles from Design Thinking. The "explorer" (modeler) works on the conceptual level, mapping his/her findings using concept maps as new concepts are discovered. The knowledge is elicited from business people by way of brainstorming (typically as a top-down analysis) and/or by bottom-up "archeology" working from legacy databases, documentation, reports etc.
Data modeling is very much about communication of structure and meaning. Our target audiences are both business and IT professionals at many different skill levels. In perfect harmony with what is going on in other professional cultures (e.g. behavioral economy) we should also use the findings and recommendations of psychologists and cognitive scientists in adapting our ways to the human conditions.
Draw Concept Maps using CmapTools from IHMC
Some of the concept maps on this site are drawn with the product CmapTools. It is available from the website Institute of Human & Machine Cognition. Please note that the basic IHMC CmapTools software is free for educational institutions and US Federal Government Agencies, and at this time, the software is being offered free as a beta test version to other users, including commercial users.