The Application of Perspectivism to the Framing of Ontology Concept Formulation in Complex Social Settings

By Emily Keen, Simon Milton and Chris Keen.

Published by The Technology Collection

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Developing an ontology representing social processes within a complex social setting requires a rigorous approach to concept formulation. This is needed to interpret and conceptualise the terminology, to identify the influence of skills and perspectives of actors within the social processes, and to determine how a common shared ontology can be generated from the terminology and actor interactions. A rigorous concept formulation method is presented in this paper and has been applied to dialogue and documents that have been derived from a case study on community tourism event management.

Keywords: Ontology Development Methodology, Concept Formulation, Grounded Theory, Event Management, Health Care Management, Perspectivism, Complex Social Processes

International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, Volume 9, Issue 3, pp.107-123. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 619.646KB).

Emily Keen

University of Melbourne – PhD Candidate, Junior Research Fellow – EHealth Services Research Group, University of Tasmania, Department of Information Systems, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

PhD Candidate at the University of Melbourne: “The Development of an Ontology to Support the Life-Cycle of Community Tourism Events.” Ontology development is a complex multi-disciplinary field that draws upon the knowledge of information organization, natural language processing, information extraction, artificial intelligence, and knowledge representation and acquisition. Heterogeniality and the value of ontologies in supporting common terminology in the distributed environment of tourism event management. The value of terminology disambiguation and knowledge management in volunteer association, community tourism event management. Interests: - Community event consultant – IT, Administration, Sponsorship, PR and Marketing. - Workflow management and CRM system development for Community Events. - Junior Research Fellow - An education curriculum to facilitate the delivery of Patient Flow Management training and a Patient Flow System to Hospitals in NSW.

Assoc. Prof. Simon Milton

Senior Lecturer, PhD Supervisor, Department of Information Systems, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Associate Professor in the Department of Information Systems, University of Melbourne, Australia. Dr Milton received his PhD from the University of Tasmania’s Department of Information Systems. In his PhD he reported the first comprehensive analysis of data modelling languages using a common-sense realistic ontology. Dr Milton continues his interests in the ontological foundations of representations in information systems and the implications of top-level ontological commitments in information systems modelling. His recent extends to the value and use of ontologies to business, society, and biomedicine.

Dr. Chris Keen

Associate Supervisor, Lecturer, Department of Information Systems, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Honorary Fellow in the Department of Information Systems, University of Melbourne, Australia. Dr Keen has an extensive background in information systems research, consulting and academic leadership spanning over thirty years. His research interests are wide and include representation and modeling for information systems development. Dr Keen has studied ontological basis for a variety of modeling languages and has used many different representations in business and social contexts.

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