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Using Double Helix Relationships to Understand and Change Informing Systems

Nissen, Hans-Erik LU (2007) In Use and Redesign in IS: Double Helix Relationships? p.21-62
Abstract
The paper opens by generalizing the concept of 'informing science'. It

then introduces some meta-scientific perspectives and a discussion of a

metaphor that has considerable explanatory power. Two main schools

of metascience are presented and contrasted. The difference between

treating invariances in natural sciences and in social and cultural sciences

is discussed. The double helix is introduced as a generic metaphor

to highlight important distinctions. Highlighting new distinctions

in this way can help to avoid simply assimilating them into already familiar

distinctions. The paper also discusses how some metascientific

perspectives and the transdisciplinary... (More)
The paper opens by generalizing the concept of 'informing science'. It

then introduces some meta-scientific perspectives and a discussion of a

metaphor that has considerable explanatory power. Two main schools

of metascience are presented and contrasted. The difference between

treating invariances in natural sciences and in social and cultural sciences

is discussed. The double helix is introduced as a generic metaphor

to highlight important distinctions. Highlighting new distinctions

in this way can help to avoid simply assimilating them into already familiar

distinctions. The paper also discusses how some metascientific

perspectives and the transdisciplinary generalized concept of informing

science can be seen as related. Finally, the paper argues that computerized

models never keep up with continuously changing situations.

However, people always have to handle the full variety of situations,

including those not foreseen during requirements engineering. To address

this, the paper suggests balancing requirements engineering with

model transparency engineering (Less)
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information systems design, hermeneutics- dialectics, cognition versus recognition, double helix metaphor, information systems
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Use and Redesign in IS: Double Helix Relationships?
editor
Nissen, Hans-Erik; Bednar, Peter and Welch, Christine
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21 - 62
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Informing Science Press
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978-1-932-8860-5-4
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  abstract     = {The paper opens by generalizing the concept of 'informing science'. It<br/><br>
then introduces some meta-scientific perspectives and a discussion of a<br/><br>
metaphor that has considerable explanatory power. Two main schools<br/><br>
of metascience are presented and contrasted. The difference between<br/><br>
treating invariances in natural sciences and in social and cultural sciences<br/><br>
is discussed. The double helix is introduced as a generic metaphor<br/><br>
to highlight important distinctions. Highlighting new distinctions<br/><br>
in this way can help to avoid simply assimilating them into already familiar<br/><br>
distinctions. The paper also discusses how some metascientific<br/><br>
perspectives and the transdisciplinary generalized concept of informing<br/><br>
science can be seen as related. Finally, the paper argues that computerized<br/><br>
models never keep up with continuously changing situations.<br/><br>
However, people always have to handle the full variety of situations,<br/><br>
including those not foreseen during requirements engineering. To address<br/><br>
this, the paper suggests balancing requirements engineering with<br/><br>
model transparency engineering},
  author       = {Nissen, Hans-Erik},
  editor       = {Nissen, Hans-Erik and Bednar, Peter and Welch, Christine},
  isbn         = {978-1-932-8860-5-4},
  keyword      = {information systems design,hermeneutics- dialectics,cognition versus recognition,double helix metaphor,information systems},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {21--62},
  publisher    = {ARRAY(0x869d340)},
  series       = {Use and Redesign in IS: Double Helix Relationships?},
  title        = {Using Double Helix Relationships to Understand and Change Informing Systems},
  year         = {2007},
}