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Metapattern of natural complexes, Enlisting Justus Buchler’s metaphysics for informational infrastructure

Pieter Wisse
Information Dynamics, The Netherlands


Abstract
The Internet paradigm implies the potential for infinite informational interconnectivity. In practice, it fast approaches a level of intensity, complexity etcetera where dedicated, say one-to-one, ad-hoc solutions hamper responsible usage and also further development. Generic technical solutions have of course been developed and made available as infrastructure. Being an informational infrastructure, however, it should include provisions for conceptual variety. Metapattern, as a method for information modeling, supplies the perspective from which to recognize how requisite variety for the conceptual aspect of information is still lacking from current informational infrastructure. Metapattern also allows to recognize work from earlier epochs, i.e. when the practical problems of managing informational interconnectivity were unheard of. It appears that some thinkers already developed rich conceptual frameworks, say, ontologies, catering to a variety that is now generally impossible to deny. An example is Justus Buchler, an American philosopher. After a short introduction to Metapattern, Buchler’s metaphysics of natural complexes is outlined and discussed. His work should inspire taking information management to support interconnectivity such as the Internet delivers, and should continue to deliver unambiguously.

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Reference:Wisse, P.E. (2006). "Metapattern of natural complexes, Enlisting Justus Buchler’s metaphysics for informational infrastructure," University of Amsterdam, Netherlands . Sprouts: Working Papers on Information Systems, 6(9). http://sprouts.aisnet.org/6-9
Keywords:information management, Justus Buchler, Charles Peirce, natural complex, Metapattern, informational infrastructure, metaphysics, ontology, semiotic ennead, architecture, variety
Item Type:Article - Volume 6 Article 9 (2006)
Language:English
Email: Pieter Wisse (pieter@wisse.cc)
Related Link(s):http://primavera.feb.uva.nl/scripts/abstract.php?id=381

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