Informing Science: the International Journal of an Emerging Transdiscipline

Articles from Vol. 10, Annual

A Double Helix Metaphor for Use and Usefulness in Informing Systems
Introduction "... human history is a two stranded rope; the history of events and the history of ideas develop in intimate relation with each other yet each according to its own logic and its own time scale; and each conditions both its own future...
Applying Phenomenology and Hermeneutics in IS Design: A Report on Field Experiences
Introduction One December night circa 1990, on a night train from Stockholm to Uppsala, I struck up a conversation with a German scholar returning from that evening's Nobel Prize ceremony. By way of introduction, I told him I was a researcher whose...
Background and Aims of This Paper
Our Starting Position This paper presents part of a programme of work, which has been ongoing in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Bath since 2001, and prior to that, also in Australia. This research aims to investigate...
Backgrounds of Engineering Design
Co-evolution Modern engineering design and coincident innovation is notoriously 'wicked' or 'under-defined' (in the sense originally coined by Rittel & Weber, 1984). This means there are often no rigorous specifications of the starting point,...
Backgrounds of Meditation
Preliminary Thoughts Preparing for meditation--Establishing the view Engineering Design has traditionally focused on immediate action and product generation, with little regard for longer-term reflection or feedback on the consequences of that...
Conclusion
As the Dalai Lama has affirmed many times, '... if elements of Buddhist doctrine ... are compellingly refuted by new empirical (scientific) evidence or cogent reasoning, then those Buddhist tenets must be abandoned ... (or) revised accordingly' (Wallace,...
Condition of Web Accessibility in Practice and Suggestions for Its Improvement
Introduction The invention of the Internet can be compared with Gutenberg's press from the 15th century as one of the greatest inventions of its time. Besides electronic books and magazines it is used to satisfy various needs in informing people,...
Cyberdating: Misinformation and (Dis)trust in Online Interaction
Introduction With the exponential boom and prevalence of the Internet, virtual space has become an alternative and additional venue for romantic ventures. "Cyberdating," as it is called, promises to proffer new possibilities and creativities not...
Double Helix Relationships in Use and Design of Informing Systems: Lessons to Learn from Phenomenology and Hermeneutics
Preface This editorial is organized in the following way: First there is an introduction to the theme of the monograph followed by an overview of its content. The overview describes perspectives chosen by the different authors and connecting patterns...
Informing Students Using Virtual Microscopes and Their Impact on Students' Approach to Learning
Introduction Increasing student numbers and decreasing resources in universities are placing greater pressures on faculty to find efficient and effective ways to teach their subject specialties. In the fields of veterinary and health sciences, increases...
Insights from Managerial Cybernetics
The Viable System Model In this section, we will introduce some parallels of our research with that of Stafford Beer, who was acknowledged as 'the father of managerial cybernetics' by Norbert Wiener ('the father of cybernetics') (1948) himself....
Mandalas for Engineering Design
A Five Element System Iterated meditation on a Mandala, as Leidy and Thurmann (1999, in appendices) explain, should lead the practitioner to ever more refinement. In particular, one is expected to transform the five gross modes of sense-related...
On Categorizing the IS Research Literature: User Oriented Perspective
Introduction The monograph on the dialectical relationships between use and redesign of IS places an important question before IS researchers, in their roles as both contributors to and readers of the research literature: In which ways could...
Pedagogy and Process in 'Organisational Problem-Solving'
Introduction The research work that is articulated in this paper concerns the challenges, problems and vagaries of developing unstructured problem-based learning processes for organisation development. The project was called the 'OPS project' (i.e....
Sharing Tacit Knowledge: A Case Study in the Australian Film Industry
Introduction This paper reports research that has been conducted as part of a larger study into the organization and management of the Australian Film Industry (AFI) (Jones, 2005). During that study the data collected indicated a flow of knowledge,...
Structuring Designer-User Conversations with the 3D Diamond Model
Why? The ideal representation of the process of discussion and resolution of contradictory requirements in design is probably a spinning, double-helical vortexial model. This would show that the process is fluid, flexible and integrated and might...
The Culture of Information Systems in Knowledge-Creating Contexts: The Role of User-Centred Design
Introduction This paper arises from a project whose aim is to explore whether and how cultural institutions, particularly museums and libraries, can engage with their users in a continuous, co-creative design process that addresses both opportunities...
The Informing Sciences at a Crossroads: The Role of the Client
Introduction The Informing Sciences have made remarkable strides as a transdiscipline over the past decade. Its flagship journal, Informing Science, has gained international recognition and has been steadily moving up the management information...
Using Double Helix Relationships to Understand and Change Informing Systems
Introduction In his 1999 paper Cohen introduces Informing Science as a transdiscipline bridging among "a number of disparate fields that share some common goals". He defines the fields, which form the discipline of Informing Science, in the following...
Using the ASSIST Short Form for Evaluating an Information Technology Application: Validity and Reliability Issues
Introduction The Library of Crop Technology is a collection of web-based learning objects developed initially at a large mid-western American university with help from other universities and funding agencies to provide peer-reviewed, unbiased science-based...
What We Expect
The Role of the Researcher There are three issues we currently face in our research in Aerospace design. The first is, as cosmologists and mathematicians have also discovered, it is not possible to solve existing problems by using the same methodology...
Young Women's Misinformation concerning IT Careers: Exchanging One Negative Image for Another
Introduction Goal of the Research Numerous researchers have indicated that a particular piece of misinformation, the perception of Information Technology (IT) professionals as being geeks and loners, may be one of many explanations for the under-representation...
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