Title

Concept Theory and Semiotics in Knowledge Organization

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-2011

Keywords

Knowledge representation, Knowledge organizations, Concepts, Knowledge management, Management information systems, Information science

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/00220411111145034

Abstract

Purpose

– The purpose of this paper is to explore the basics of semiotic analysis and concept theory that represent two dominant approaches to knowledge representation, and explore how these approaches are fruitful for knowledge organization.

Design/methodology/approach

– In particular the semiotic theory formulated by the American philosopher C.S. Peirce and the concept theory formulated by Ingetraut Dahlberg are investigated. The paper compares the differences and similarities between these two theories of knowledge representation.

Findings

– The semiotic model is a general and unrestricted model of signs and Dahlberg's model is thought from the perspective and demand of better knowledge organization system (KOS) development. It is found that Dahlberg's concept model provides a detailed method for analyzing and representing concepts in a KOS, where semiotics

provides the philosophical context for representation.

Originality/value – This paper is the first to combine theories of knowledge representation, semiotic and concept theory, within the context of knowledge organization.

Comments

This article was written before Alon Friedman was affiliated with the University of South Florida.

Was this content written or created while at USF?

false

Citation / Publisher Attribution

Journal of Documentation, v. 67, no. 4, p. 644-674.