A Hidden Power of Ontology Charts from Affordances to Environmental States

  • José CordeiroEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology book series (IFIPAICT, volume 527)


Ontology Charts are a powerful model element in Organisational Semiotics used to depict a stable and precise view of a business system. They show affordances and ontological dependencies as, respectively, nodes and links between them. Spite their apparent simplicity, they are many times hard to create. In this paper we refer to some common issues regarding the creation of Ontology Charts. Nevertheless, they have a hidden power of defining anchors for a stable information system supported by the affordance concept. In NOMIS – a NOrmative Modelling of Information Systems – affordances are transformed to states and environmental states and used as stable state paths within an information system. This paper shows how this transformation takes place and some advantages and possibilities of using it.


Information systems Information systems modelling Human-centred information systems Organisational Semiotics Ontology Charts NOMIS NOMIS views States Environmental States Business processes Goal and context modelling 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Setúbal School of TechnologyPolytechnic Institute of SetúbalSetúbalPortugal

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