Method – Why Seeme?

The modeling method SeeMe supports the visualisation of socio-technical and semi-structured aspects of communication- and collaboration-processes. Currently there is a great interest on modeling methods in the academic field and the software business, whereby the focuses lie on the integration of known modeling methods or the evaluation of information model quality.

Under a “modeling method” we understand a description approach for the representation of real phenomena. A notation for expressing concepts with signs or symbols is provided, whose allowed combinations are settled in form of a meta-model. Additionally modeling rules or conventions and usually methodological information to build models that guide the technical design of models and the layout will appear. For the creation, modification and viewing of models computer-based modeling- and viewing tools can be used. The development of SeeMe is based on requirements modeling methods from requirements engineering, the description of socio-technical systems, as well as an analysis of existing modeling methods. These include the UML to support object-oriented methods, the extended event-driven process chains of ARIS, extensions of entity-relationship models for behavioral modeling notations such as Statecharts and Petri net based approaches like FUNSOFT networks and RFO networks.

SeeMe focuses especially on the modeling of ´wet´ information in order to support paticipative software-development and –intoroduction and contains a number features to serve this issue.

Details of Seeme – (Learning and Teaching Materials

“Seeme in a nutshell” (PDF) Introduction in modeling with SeeMe and description of the key elements of the notation (PDF).

“Seeme in a nutshell” is a short introducing in modeling with SeeMe and gives an overview of the central elements of the notation: Download: “SeeMe in a nutshell” (PDF, 195 KB)

A whole in one short reference to the central elements and key concepts of SeeMe on one page:
SeeMe-Poster (PDF, 29 KB)

Reports of Practical Usage

Herrmann, Thomas; Hoffmann, Marcel; Loser, Kai-Uwe; Moysich, Klaus (2000):
“Semistructured models are surprisingly useful (PDF-File, 104 KB)”
Designing Cooperative Systems. Proceedings of Coop 2000. (Sophia Antipolis, France, May 2000), pp. 159-174

Herrmann, Th.; Loser, K.-U.; Moysich, K. (2000):
“Intertwining Training and Participatory Design for the Development of Groupware Applications (PDF-File, 417 KB)”
Proceedings of the PDC 2000: Participatory Design Conference. Nov. 28 – Dec.2, New York. CPSR, Palo Alto. 2000.

Further Publication

Kai-Uwe Loser (2005): Unterstützung der Adoption kommerzieller Standardsoftware durch Diagramme. Dissertation, Universität Dortmund, 13.10.2005, eldorado

Kunau, Gabriele (2006): Facilitating Computer Supported Cooperative Work with Socio-Technical Self-Descriptions. Dissertation, Universitätsbibliothek Dortmund, eldorado