Affordances and Constraints in Knowledge Organization

A4 Conference proceedings

Internal Authors/Editors

Publication Details

List of Authors: Vatanen I
Editors: Hawamdeh S
Publisher: World Scientific
Place: Singapore
Publication year: 2005
Publisher: World Scientific Publishing
Book title: Knowledge Management: Nurturing Culture, Innovation and Technology. Proceedings of the 2005 International Conference on Knowledge Management
Start page: 315
End page: 321


Knowledge organisation schemes affect directly the nature of knowledge states emerging
as a result of their use. Basically a knowledge organisation system may expected to
fit its explicit purpose in a more or less satisfactory manner, but besides the intended
application, each system is capable to fit an unknown number of implicit quasi-intended
and non-intended purposes. The scope and confines of knowledge potentially emerging
as a result of an application of a knowledge organisation scheme is discussed here with
a reference to the ecological approach introduced by Gibson. Special focus is placed on
explicating the possibilities of using the concepts ’affordance’ and ’ecological constraint’
to understand the process of different knowledge organisation systems contributing on
the emergence of different types of knowledge.

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