In this chapter we have covered the common structural patterns for a common information model. These patterns are
- Common information model: Generic pattern for a common information model.
- Concept beads: Simple modeled elements for teams with low experience in using a common information model; it’s a good starting point for any common information model initiative.
- Continuous fabric: Includes models that show how the information managed by the organization is linked together to form a single linked structure of concepts.
- Encapsulated views: Creates multiple small collections of linked and related concepts that can be used for request and response parameters on interfaces.
- Unified context: Used to link information models from different sources or organizations. It focuses on showing where concepts from one set of models map to synonym concepts in another set of models.
Chapter 4, “Modeling Best Practices,” takes all this information to the next level and describes the process of creating, managing, and consuming artifacts for the common information model.