User Interface Design Research for Modeling Tools
A Literature Study
Keywords:Modeling Tool, Conceptual Modeling, User Interface Design, Literature Study
Modeling tools constitute a class of software assisting modelers in creating, documenting, and maintaining conceptual models, for example, via graphical editors, diagram layouting, and syntax checking. Research on modeling tools has been a recurring theme in conceptual modeling research for more than 30 years. An evident focus in modeling tool research is on user interface design. In this literature study, we systematically identify and analyze 72 contributions to user interface design research for modeling tools published between 1980 and 2017 to develop a structuring overview of the current state of research. Building on this overview, we assess and discuss promising paths for future research, and compile recommendations informing user interface design of modeling tools.
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