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Early career and background in Information Management, Languages, Economics, Business (socio-technical systems) (BAHons)
Worked as London based science and technology correspondent 1995-2000 (eventually I got an MSc in Information Systems)
Systems Thinking (everything is a system) for me has always been a personal inclination to think 'out of the box‘ and consider systemic aspects of everything (i.e. root cause analysis technique, which is as simple as children asking WHY) – (considered a behavioral disorder when you are a grown up)
Attended my first lecture on General Systems Theory, 1993 at UNAM Mexico (International Relations) 1932-68 General System theory: Foundations, Development, Applications, Ludwig von Bertalanffy
Since then, legitimately developed systemic thinking. Manage to solve problems outside my domain by using system approach Worked in publishing, education, research, IT , engineering, management
Now Everything is a system (when I worked in process design, everything was a process) Doing a PhD in SysEng
MY WORK AND RESEARCH Lecturer and applied resercher in: Knowledge Based Systems Information Management Keeping an eye out on various things Socio-Technical Systems (also with the SICSA group) Networking! (also with the SCONE) Founder of ISTCS.org (2010) Writing doctoral thesis in Systems Engineering Member of INCOSE (systems engineering council) and part of various other entities Currently delivering a systems engineering and socio technical systems lectures and courses, hire me to teach a class!
Systems principles apply to all systems. Ecosystems are referred to as the environment/habitats.Therefore take a system of system perspective. We however distinguish between 'natural systems' and 'artificial systems'.
Natural ecosystems are open, as they need constant input/output flows to maintain their internal equilibrium.They rely on a degree of open boundaries to support (interaction) Artificial ecosystems simulate most dynamics of the natural ones, but do not rely on open boundaries, therefore their internal equilibrium is established by controlled input/outputs
Emergence results from dynamic combination of a system components, and based on the dependence of the whole on its parts, and their parts mutual interdependence and specialization.
Pattern formation : are the visible, outcomes of and the common principles behind matching behaviors.
Paradoxes . Diverse and heterogeneous components of a system can results in contrasting and sometimes opposed characteristics both being present , such as simplicity and complexity, order and disorder, random and predictable behavior,
Different kinds of vocabularies: (taxonomies thesauri, glossary data dictionary)
Shared vocabulary is generally a controlled vocabulary
Controlled Vocabulary Paradox: No single definition of what a CV is * A carefully selected set of terms - words and phrases - such that each concept from the domain of discourse is described using only one term in ... en.wiktionary.org/wiki/controlled_vocabulary * A set of standard subject terms used by a database to describe the subject content of the items cited within the database. Many, if not most, databases use a controlled vocabulary. These controlled vocabularies vary from database to database. ... www.clarion.edu/395/63165/ … . many other definitions of what a controlled vocabulary is …