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Business people communicate using natural language without much thought about the fact that they do so. In IT, engineers invent computer languages to communicate with computers. Translating thought into computer languages goes a long way, but is never meant to be used by non technically equipped people, or business domain experts.

The FCO-IM has many standards for diagramming, only the most common and widespread used symbols are explained here. In FCO-IM one recognises three main graphical objects: Facts, Objects, and Labels.

A conceptual information model of the business is a great asset, as well as a solid investment due to it being independent of technology. Since IT undergoes rapid changes, the only truly long-living asset is the information model.

Every now and then a discussion arises on social media, or during a conference meet-up, where the conversation or question focusses on the topic of Foreign Keys. Traditional modelers seem to occasionally struggle with foreign keys in respect to one-to-one, one-to-many, and many-to-many characteristics, or the minimal and maximum cardinality, or its direction. This is not a big issue in Fact Oriented Modeling, since foreign keys are simply generated from a conceptual model. Foreign keys are a result of fact types and their transformations. The direction and cardinalities of the foreign keys are determined by simple rules from the conceptual model.

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