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A contribution to defining the term 'definition'

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posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by Sead Spuzic, Alphonsius Nouwens
Knowledge is a model that enables premeditated change. Knowledge can be subdivided: the simplest element is information. Information aggregates/relations constitute a concept. Clusters of concepts make theories. Concepts and theories can be further branched into: conclusions, explanations, cognitions, etc, which together belong to a general class of Definition. Definitions are key elements of knowledge. Yet it appears that we do not sufficiently explain the nature of this concept of definition itself. There is little doubt about the importance of words and languages, however these semantic structures contain some intrinsic ambiguities. Knowledge records grow faster than its substance, and it is increasingly difficult to manipulate and communicate this voluminous structure. The interpretations of terms and knowledge can vary significantly, especially in the multidisciplinary context. Misiformation is exacerbated by vague definitions including synonyms, homonyms and acronyms. This paper attempts to contribute to defining the term ‘definition’ to alleviate the mentioned problems.

Funding

Category 1 - Australian Competitive Grants (this includes ARC, NHMRC)

History

Start Page

645

End Page

662

Number of Pages

18

Start Date

01/01/2004

eISSN

1535-0703

Location

Rockhampton, Qld.

Publisher

Informing Science Institute

Place of Publication

Santa Rosa, CA, USA

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Faculty of Engineering and Physical Systems; Joint Conference;

Era Eligible

Yes

Name of Conference

Informing Science + Information Technology Education. Joint Conference

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