Re: socio technical approaches and ontology

This is one of the key issues in sustainable development worldwide. Because sustainable development has three components, economic, social and ecological, socio technical issues are central in understanding how for example ICT for development should be implemented.

Resilience engineering is another issue which is closely linked to to socio technical systems and so is inclusive innovation.

Network theory, complex systems theory, and spatio-temporal modelling of dynamic systems are some of the approaches currently being used or developed in creating large scale ICT for development infrastructures.

But because the UN never bothered to formalize operationally the conceptual framework of sustainable development, the creation formalized systems, which include the use of ontologies of even basic components is proving very hard.

An area where a lot of progress has been made is the field of agriculture where the FAO, CIARD and numerous other organizations are developing open source and open access infrastructures.

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On Thursday, September 25, 2014 11:34 AM, Paola Di Maio <> wrote:

Just for the (public) record, since some members of this list
are in this line of research

Some years ago I pointed out in discussions on mailing lists that
ontology development lacked socio technical perspective, and made the
case in some papers and talks.

My short talk today at EUON workshop at EUDAT in Amsterdam

short video commentary

makes a couple of core points:

1. Socio technical systems approaches need to address joint optimisation

2.  A metamodel is proposed to support such a requirement
Here the paper

Look forward to feedback!

(Feel free to share any of this)

Best regards


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