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Information Metatheory

Pieter Wisse
Information Dynamics, The Netherlands


Abstract
This essay continues a report on the design of information metatheory. My general idea of a metatheory, or framework, is that it primarily reflects differences, rather than similarities (leave alone identity, or Platonic form), i.e. it helps to control variety. Grounded on differences, a metatheory is essentially about (their) coordination. I have already reported on two design steps toward a metatheory for information. The first argues for ‘Multiple axiomatization in information management’ (Wisse 2002b). The second design step establishes the ‘Dia-enneadic framework for information concepts’ (Wisse 2003). Here, a third step synthesizes previous work. A more comprehensive framework, or information metatheory, results. Some remarks follow on qualifying information systems and information management, respectively, and on how information metatheory is indispensable to meet increasingly variable, dynamic requirements.

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Reference:Wisse, P. (2003). "Information Metatheory," University of Amsterdam, Netherlands . Sprouts: Working Papers on Information Systems, 3(5). http://sprouts.aisnet.org/3-5
Keywords:information metatheory, information concept, dia-enneadic framework, semiotic ennead, multiple axiomatization, philosophy of science, methodology, interdisciplinarity, rigor and relevance
Item Type:Article - Volume 3 Article 5 (2003)
Language:English
Email: Pieter Wisse (pieter@wisse.cc)

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