Norm-Based Abduction Process (NAP) in Developing Information Architecture

  • Chekfoung TanEmail author
  • Sara AbdalessEmail author
  • Kecheng LiuEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology book series (IFIPAICT, volume 527)


Abduction is a logical reasoning process that allows the discovery and creation of new knowledge. However, the function of knowledge is not explicitly developed in the existing research on abduction. Developing information architecture is a scientific inquiry in a practical context as it engages multiple stakeholders. However, the current research in information architecture does not appear to be underpinned by sound theoretical foundations. This paper proposes a norm-based abduction process (NAP) where norms are seen as knowledge in developing information architecture. A case study of a UK hospital is used for illustration purposes. The key contribution of this paper is to incorporate norms in the existing abduction process, to assert abduction as the foundation of a logical reasoning process and to derive a theoretical proposition for information architecture.


Abduction Logical reasoning Information architecture Organisational semiotics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Computing and EngineeringUniversity of West LondonLondonUK
  2. 2.School of BusinessLondon South Bank UniversityLondonUK
  3. 3.Informatics Research CentreUniversity of ReadingReadingUK
  4. 4.Wuhan CollegeWuhanChina

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