Composite Public Values and Software Specifications

Magdalena Garvanova, Boris Shishkov, Marijn Janssen

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Public values are desires of the general public, that are about properties considered societally valuable, such as respecting the privacy of citizens or prohibiting polluting activities. “Translating” public values into functional solutions is thus an actual challenge. Even though Value-Sensitive Design (VSD) is about weaving public values in the design of (technical) systems, it stays insufficiently concrete as it concerns the alignment between abstract public values and technical (software) solutions. Still, VSD indirectly inspires ideas in that direction as for example the idea to consider business process variants for achieving such an alignment. Nevertheless, this is all about “atomic” public values (encapsulating only one particular behavioral goal) while one would often face public values that are “composite” in the sense that they reflect a particular human attitude rather than just a desired behavioral goal. In the current paper, we propose a value decomposition approach that allows for operationalizing composite public values. We also present experimental results featuring data analytics using self-administrated surveys.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of Business Modeling and Software Design - 8th International Symposium, BMSD 2018
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9783319942131
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Event8th International Symposium on Business Modeling and Software Design, BMSD 2018 - Vienna, Austria
Duration: 2 Jul 20184 Jul 2018

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Business Information Processing
ISSN (Print)1865-1348


Conference8th International Symposium on Business Modeling and Software Design, BMSD 2018

Bibliographical note

Green Open Access added to TU Delft Institutional Repository ‘You share, we take care!’ – Taverne project Otherwise as indicated in the copyright section: the publisher is the copyright holder of this work and the author uses the Dutch legislation to make this work public.


  • Data analytics
  • Public values
  • Software specification


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