An Outline of a Formal Ontology of Genres

  • Pawel Garbacz
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4092)


The aim of this paper is to specify the ontological commitments of the theory of document genres proposed by J. Yates and W. Orlikowski. To this end, I construct a formal ontology of documents and genres in which to define the notions presupposed in the genre discourse. For the sake of decreasing ambiguity and confusion, I briefly describe the primitive terms in which this ontology is formulated.


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.


  1. 1.
    Barwise, J., Perry, J.: Situations and Attitudes. A Bradford Book. The MIT Press, Cambridge (1983)Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    Bittner, T., Donnelly, M., Smith, B.: Individuals, universals, collections: On the foundational relations of ontology. In: Varzi, A.C., Vieu, L. (eds.) Formal Ontology in Information Systems, pp. 37–59. IOS Press, Amsterdam (2004)Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    Casati, R., Varzi, A.C.: Parts and Places. The MIT Press, London (1999)Google Scholar
  4. 4.
    Crowston, K., Kwasnik, B.H.: A framework for creating a facetted classification for genres: Addressing the issues of multidimensionality. In: Proceedings of the 37th Annual Hawwaii International Conference on System Sciences, vol. IV (2004)Google Scholar
  5. 5.
    Crowston, K., Williams, M.: Reproduced and emergent genres of communication on the world-wide web. In: Proceedings of the 32nd Annual Hawwaii International Conference on System Sciences, vol. VI, pp. 30–39. IEEE Computer Society Press, Los Alamitos (1997)Google Scholar
  6. 6.
    Gangemi, A., Borgo, S., Catenacci, C., Lehmann, J.: Task taxonomies for knowledge content. deliverable D07, Laboratory for Applied Ontology, ISTC-CNR (Italy) (2005)Google Scholar
  7. 7.
    Giddens, A.: The consitution of society. University of California Press, Berkeley (1984)Google Scholar
  8. 8.
    Im, H.-G., Yates, J., Orlikowski, W.J.: Temporal coordination through communication: using genres in a virtual start-up communication. Information, Technology and People 18(2), 89–119 (2005)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  9. 9.
    Kennedy, A., Shepard, M.: Cybergenre: Automatic identification of home pages on the web. Journal of Web Engineering 3(3-4), 236–251 (2004)Google Scholar
  10. 10.
    Lewis, D.: Convention. Blackwell Publishing, Malden (2002)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  11. 11.
    Masolo, C., Borgo, S., Gangemi, A., Guarino, N., Oltramari, A.: Wonderweb deliverabled 18 (2003)Google Scholar
  12. 12.
    Orlikowski, W.J., Yates, J.: Genre repertoire: The structuring of communicative practices in organizations. Administrative Science Quarterly 39(4), 541–574 (1994)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  13. 13.
    Ryan, T., Field, R.H.G., Olfman, L.: Homepage genre dimensionality. In: Proceedings of the Eighth American Conference on Information Systems, pp. 1116–1128 (2002)Google Scholar
  14. 14.
    Simons, P.M., Dement, C.W.: Aspects of the mereology of artifacts. In: Poli, R., Simons, P. (eds.) Formal Ontology, pp. 255–276. Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht (1995)Google Scholar
  15. 15.
    Tuomela, R.: The Importance of Us. Stanford Series in Philosophy. Stanford University Press, Stanford (1995)Google Scholar
  16. 16.
    Woolridge, M.: Reasoning about Rational Agents. The MIT Press, Cambridge (2000)Google Scholar
  17. 17.
    Yates, J., Orlikowski, W.J.: Genres of organizational communication. Academy of Management Review 17(2), 299–326 (1992)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  18. 18.
    Yates, J., Orlikowski, W.J.: Explicit and implicit structuring in genres in electronic communication: Reinforcement and change in social interaction. Organization Science 10(1), 83–103 (1999)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  19. 19.
    Yates, J., Orlikowski, W.J., Rennecker, J.: Collaborative genres for collaboration. In: Proceedings of the Thirtieth Annual Hawwaii International Conference on System Sciences, vol. VI, pp. 50–59. IEEE Computer Society Press, Los Alamitos (1997)CrossRefGoogle Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  • Pawel Garbacz
    • 1
  1. 1.The John Paul II Catholic University of LublinPoland

Personalised recommendations