Systematizing Analysis and Communication with the Discipline of Organizing

Speakers

Robert J. Glushko
Adjunct Full Professor, School of Information, University of California, Berkeley

Start

September 21, 2016 - 2:00 PM

End

September 21, 2016 - 3:00 PM

Systematizing Analysis and Communication with the Discipline of Organizing

Organizing is a fundamental issue in many disciplines, most notably library and information science, computer science, systems analysis, technical communication, informatics, law, economics, and business. However, these disciplines have only limited agreement in how they approach problems of organizing and what they seek as their solutions.  This talk presents a more abstract framework for issues and problems of organizing that emphasizes the common concepts and goals of the disciplines that study them. The framework proposes that every “Organizing System” involves a collection of resources, and we can treat physical things, digital things, information about such things, and even the people who use them as resources. Every Organizing System involves a choice of properties or principles used to describe and arrange the resources, and ways of supporting interactions with the resources. By comparing and contrasting how these activities take place in different contexts and domains, we can identify patterns of organizing and see that Organizing Systems often follow a common life cycle.

The Discipline of Organizing systematizes and synthesizes many concepts and skills from information and process analysis, electronic publishing, business informatics, and web architecture that technical communicators rely on to be effective. Using the same abstract framework for analyzing and describing an Organizing System enables technical communicators to broaden the range of domains in which they can contribute.

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