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Information Systems Development and Data Modeling: Conceptual and Philosophical Foundations [Paperback]

Rudy Hirschheim , Heinz K. Klein , Kalle Lyytinen
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May 29 2008 0521063353 978-0521063357 1
Data modeling was hypothesized to be the "salvation" of an organization's data problems. This book aims to analyze the problems encountered and to present a comparative philosophical study of the various approaches. On the philosophical level, the authors explore the epistemology, ontology, and rationality of each modeling approach. While on the theoretical computer science level, a systematic study of the history and development of three major strands of data modeling is presented. This book will be of great interest to all computer scientists using information systems as well as philosophers with an interest in computing applications.

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" The authors have met their goal. They have shown the relationship between the complexity of the development of an information system and the accepted wisdom in its application domain....I strongly recommend this book to people who view information systems only as a technology and do not remember that any technology that can change the way people people live and work is necessarily a social and philosophical subject." G. Rumolo, Information Sysytems

"This is an intellectually challenging, demanding, and mind-stretching book, valuable both as a summary of currant knowledge about the subjects of information systems development and data modeling and for the insights it gives about alternative approaches." Adele M. Fasick, The Library Quarterly

"I strongly recommend this book to people who view information systems only as a technology and do not remember that any technology that can change the way people live and work is necessarily a social and philosophical subject." G. Rumolo, Computing Reviews

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Data modelling was hypothesised to be the salvation of an organisation's data problems. This book aims to analyse the problems encountered and to present a comparative philosophical study of the various approaches. The authors explore the epistemology, ontology and rationality of each modelling approach, and describe the underlying assumptions embedded in them.

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This book is a review of exisitng Information Systems Development (ISD) methodologies and the place each has had in the paradigm of IS. While providing an in-depth look at the issues surrounding each of the methodologies the authors have also provided a look at a newly developing paragim in ISD, that of neo-humanism.

A book well worth reading if you have an interest in the history of ISD, or you are looking for material on the theories behind each of the methodologies that make up the history of ISD. These authors suggest that there are four paradigms associated with this topic, make up your own mind.

They also include a philosophical perspective on data modelling but this may be a bonus to the main issue of ISD methodologies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good explanation of ISD methodologies and future potential April 1 1997
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This book is a review of exisitng Information Systems Development (ISD) methodologies and the place each has had in the paradigm of IS. While providing an in-depth look at the issues surrounding each of the methodologies the authors have also provided a look at a newly developing paragim in ISD, that of neo-humanism.

A book well worth reading if you have an interest in the history of ISD, or you are looking for material on the theories behind each of the methodologies that make up the history of ISD. These authors suggest that there are four paradigms associated with this topic, make up your own mind.

They also include a philosophical perspective on data modelling but this may be a bonus to the main issue of ISD methodologies.
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