The eSSIF-Lab Mental Models

Within eSSIF-Lab, we maintain a set of mental models, i.e. casual and formal descriptions (patterns) of concepts, relations between them, and constraints, that provide a specific 'viewpoint', or 'way of thinking' about a certain topic. They have been crafted so that they may serve as a basis for architecting, desiging, and implementing IT components and their governance processes.

Validated Models

These are models that are quite mature. They have been applied during several years in various circumstances, and have shown to be valid (when consistently and consequently applied). Therefore, they are proposed for widespread use (and further evaluation/validation).

Parties, Actors and Actions

The Parties, Actors and Actions pattern captures the foundational concepts and relations that we need for thinking about how things get done. It answers questions such as: 'Who/what does things?', 'How are their actions being guided/controlled?', 'Who controls whom/what?', 'Who/what may be held accountable?'.

Jurisdictions

The Jurisdictions pattern captures the concepts and relations that explain what a generic jurisdiction consists of, and relates it to parties and legal entities.

Guardianships

The Guardianship pattern captures the concepts and relations that explain what a generic guardianship consists of, and how it relates to guardians, dependents, jurisdictions, etc.

Envisaged Models

These are models that are either not very mature, or placeholders for models that are but haven't been properly documented yet.

Terminology

The envisaged eSSIF-Lab Terminology Pattern will describe the relations between terminology artifacts such as 'concept', 'term', 'pattern', 'mental model', 'glossary' etc.

Identity

The envisaged eSSIF-Lab Identity Pattern will describe the relations between a formalized notion of identity and credentials. Note that identity is very different from identifier.

Identifiers

The envisaged eSSIF-Lab Identity Pattern will describe the conceptual nature of identifiers. Note that identifiers are very different from identities.

Mandates, Delegation and Hiring

The envisaged Mandates, Delegation and Hiring pattern will capture the ideas behind Mandating, Delegating, Hiring and their relations. It will extend the Parties, Actors and Actions pattern with concepts that describe how the ownership and works for relations between parties and actors are to be (de)populated, and how to determine for party the actor is working as it executes an action.

Duties and Rights

The envisaged Duties and Rights pattern will describe the relations between jurisdictions, legal entities and the duties and rights they have within them. This pattern will be based on the theory of Hohfeld.

Decentralized Governance, Risk Management and Compliance (GRC)

The envisaged Decentralized GRC pattern](./terms/pattern-decentralized-GRC) will describe how parties can set objectives, and pursue them to be succesful. The latter means that the party must be capable of assessing and managing the risks associated with not realizing them. In a decentralized world, this means that it needs to depend on other parties, that may or may not be too reliable. Also, it means that the party must be able to set and realize objectives to satisfy requirements of other parties (compliance).