Fully Communication Oriented Information Modeling (FCO-IM) is a technique for building conceptual information models. Such models can be automatically transformed into ERM, UML, Relational or Dimensional models with the FCO-IM Bridge toolset, and it is possible to generate complete end-user applications from them with the IMAGine toolset. Both toolsets were developed by the Research and Competence Group Data Architectures & Metadata Management of the HAN University of Applied Sciences in Arnhem, the Netherlands.
FCO-IM is being taught in universities in the Netherlands and abroad. It has proven its practical value in large projects in national and international big companies and is used by IT services companies to develop corporate conceptual data models or design datawarehouses and datamarts.
FCO-IM includes a detailed operational procedure specifying how to draw up an information model and Infagon.
The distinguishing feature of FCO-IM is that it models the communication about a certain Universe of Discourse completely and exclusively, i.e.: it does not model the UoD itself, but rather the facts users exchange when they communicate about the UoD. Fully Communication Oriented Information Modeling (FCO-IM) is therefore a member of the family of information modeling techniques known as Fact... Read More