Quick Reference for Basic SBVR Terminology (3)

The Semantics of Business Vocabulary andBusiness Rules (SBVR) uses thefollowing designations, with informal meanings as indicated.  Terms new this article are in blue.
Business Rules 'Mantra'
an approximation that provides a simplified explanation of the business rules approach for business people and others new to approach
    (simple form) "Rules are based on facts, and facts are based on terms."
    (more precise form) "Rules build on facts, and facts build on concepts as expressed by terms.  Terms express business concepts; facts make assertions about these concepts; rules constrain and support these facts."

business vocabulary+rules
a business vocabulary plus a set of business rules specified in terms of that business vocabulary

a representation of a concept by a sign which denotes it

a verbal designation of a general concept in a specific subject field  [ISO 1087-1]

the totality of objects [every thing] to which a concept corresponds

what is meant by a word, sign, statement, or description; what someone intends to express or what someone understands
(informally, how we think about things)

something that expresses or communicates, but [is] independent of its interpretation

body of shared meanings
a set of concepts and elements of guidance for which there is a shared understanding in a given semantic community

business rule
a rule that is under businessjurisdiction

Business Rules Team (BRT)
the multi-national consortium, formed expressly to respond to the OMG's "Business Semantics of Business Rules" RFP
    After the BRT's RFP submission was selected, BRT members, along with other individuals, then worked as the SBVR Finalization Task Force, the group that brought SBVR 1.0 to completion in December 2007.

business vocabulary
a vocabulary (structured set of terms and other symbols together with their meanings and relationships among them) that is under business jurisdiction

a group of people having a particular unifying characteristic in common

a unit of knowledge created by a unique combination of characteristics

concept model
a set of concepts within a body of shared meanings, structured according to the relations among them

ISO terminology standards
•  ISO 1087-1 (2000) "Terminology work — Vocabulary — Theory and application"
•  ISO 704 (2000) "Terminology work — Principles and methods"
•  ISO 860 (1996) "Terminology work — Harmonization of concepts and terms"

logical formulation
a semantic formulation that formulates a proposition
    (informally) the SBVR conceptualization of formal logic

Object Management Group (OMG)
an international, open membership, not-for-profit computer industry consortium whose members develop enterprise integration standards for a wide range of technologies
    Numerous standards organizations and other consortia maintain liaison relationships with the OMG.

an actuality that a given expression represents a given meaning

a proposition that is a claim of obligation or of necessity
    The two fundamental categories of 'rule' are:
        •  behavioral rule (obligations), also known as 'operative rule'
        •  definitional rule (necessities), also known as 'structural rule'

shorthand for "Semantics of Business Vocabulary and Business Rules" (pronounced "S-Beaver")

SBVR Metamodel
the standard metamodel for representing the semantics of business vocabulary and business rules
    (specifically) the MOF-based metamodel that supports a MOF representation of theconcepts represented by the SBVR Vocabulary, as described in SBVR Clause 23

SBVR Vocabulary
the vocabulary that is standardized by the SBVR specification, as presented in SBVR Clauses 8 through 21
    (informally) the vocabulary that makes up SBVR itself and that is used for talking about semantics, vocabulary, and rules

semantic community
a community whose unifying characteristic is a shared understanding (perception) of the things that they have to deal with

the meaning or relationship of meanings of a sign or set of signs  [MWCD]

Semantics of Business Vocabulary and Business Rules (SBVR)
the OMG specification that standardizes a vocabulary and rule set that are the foundation for the SBVR Metamodel

speech community
a subcommunity of a given semantic community whose unifying characteristic is the vocabulary and language that it uses