Semiotics in Interoperation for Information Systems Working Collaboratively

  • Weizi LiEmail author
  • Kecheng Liu
  • Shixiong Liu
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 454)


The interoperability for information systems to work collaboratively has long been seen as a critical issue in achieving organisations’ objectives. However, the lack of scientific foundation and effective approach for interoperation has always been recognised by researchers and practitioners. There is very little published in the nature of information systems’ behaviour in interoperation. Organisational semiotics provides a theoretical foundation for systems interoperability. In this paper, we have synthesised current knowledge on interoperability paradigm which covers requirement articulation, knowledge foundation, analysis and measurement as well as artefact development to enhance systems interoperability. A notion of ‘semiotic interoperability’ is proposed in this paper as a paradigm, guiding systems interoperation and measuring degree of interoperability, covering aspects from physical properties, transmission structure of signs, placing emphasis on communicating meaning, intention to social consequence of information. Furthermore, a conceptual research framework on semiotics interoperability paradigm is proposed to guide further research in assessing, analysing, explaining and predicting as well as designing systems’ behaviour by covering broad semiotic issues of interoperability.


Organisational semiotics Semiotic framework Information systems integration Semiotic interoperability Communication 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Informatics Research CentreUniversity of ReadingReadingUK
  2. 2.School of Information Management and EngineeringShanghai University of Finance and EconomicsShanghaiChina

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