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Paper w78-1993-2-435:
Capturing and structuring the meaning of communication in the building and construction industry

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Bakkeren W, Willems P

Capturing and structuring the meaning of communication in the building and construction industry

Abstract: Integration of the computer applications used in the building industry requires information systems that support the communication between these applications. Cyrently this communication is realised via human interpretation and understanding. An important question in this context is: "what makes communication meaningful?". The meaning of communication has two aspects: (1) the intention: the general idea behind the communication, and (2) the extension: the set of things to which the communication applies. This paper describes these aspects of meaning and mechanisms used by human beings to define meaning. To enable information systems to support communication the intention and the extension must be represented in a computer interpretable form. The representations should be manageable, reusable and extendable. This requires structuring of the representations, which can be achieved by modular modelling and layering, This paper describes these stucturing mechanisms.

Keywords: meaning of communication; representation of meaning; structuring representations; modularity; layering


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