Meaning is defined as the knowledge or expertise present in the representation of a business object, given a particular context.
A meaning is the representation-related counterpart of a value: it represents the functionality of a representation (for example, a document, message; the representations related to a business object). It is a description that expresses the intent of a representation; i.e., how it informs the external user.
It is possible that different users view the informative functionality of a representation differently. For example, what may be a “registration confirmation” for a client could be a “client mutation” for a CRM department (assuming for the sake of argument that it is modeled as an external user). Also, various different representations may carry essentially the same meaning. For example, various different documents (a web document, a filled-in paper form, a “client contact” report from the call center) may essentially carry the same meaning.
A meaning can be associated with a representation that carries this meaning. The name of a meaning should preferably be a noun or noun phrase.
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