Knowledge Architect/Operation/Modeling/Notations

Input/Output Notations

Although prerequisite to effectively rendered view artifacts, used to initiate modeling cycles, whether mental or virtual (e.g. computer-based), modeling notation is not a core modeling process component.

Rendered through notations, view artifacts represent both input and output of the modeling process and cycles, but they are not part of the core modeling process. The modeling process applies to knowledge resources, not to notations.

Notations are required communication tools, and they need to be supported at both entry and exit of modeling cycles. Many forms of notation are required as each has its own strengths and limitations. More so, notation forms need to be integrated to avoid incompatibility silos.

As for all things, integration requires common denominators, which, in the case of modeling notations, is the richest and most encompassing notation form, which in principle is “interactive animated N-dimensional social-networking virtual environments”, and in practice, it is typically the 3D space (e.g. N = 3) version, which, with the time and audio dimensions, will be referred to here as 5D social-net virtual environments, or more simply as 5D.

5D is clearly the most generalized and encompassing modeling notation form, and it easily contains all others, including 2D graphics-based notations like UML, BPMN, and MindMapping, which already all support forms of text-based notations.

The audio dimension also allows text-based notations to also be spoken, in addition to many other engaging features like sound scaping.