NOMIS: A Human Centred Modelling Approach of Information Systems

José Cordeiro, Joaquim Filipe


Current approaches to information systems (IS) still ignore its human nature resulting too often in technical IS project failures. One of the reasons seems to be their scientific and technical bias following a philosophical objectivist stance. One way to overcome this narrow view is to use a paradigm that takes properly into account the human element, his behaviour and his distinct characteristics within organisational and business domains. This is the purpose of Human Relativism (HR) a new philosophical stance centred in the human element and focused in the externalisation of his behaviour namely human actions. In order to introduce, describe and propose a suitable approach to IS development following HR principles this paper introduces NOMIS, a normative modelling approach for IS. NOMIS integrates the key notions and views of three IS socio-technical approaches, namely Organisational Semiotics, the Theory of Organised Activity and Enterprise Ontology in a coherent and consistent human-centred modelling approach. The new vision provided by NOMIS is intended to furnish a more realistic, comprehensive, and concise modelling of IS reality. In this paper some examples of this vision expressed by NOMIS views and some of its specific representation diagrams will be shown applied to an empirical case study of a library system.


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Paper Citation

in Harvard Style

Cordeiro J., Filipe J. and Liu K. (2010). NOMIS: A Human Centred Modelling Approach of Information Systems . In Proceedings of the 4th International Workshop on Enterprise Systems and Technology - Volume 1: I-WEST, ISBN 978-989-8425-44-7, pages 17-35. DOI: 10.5220/0004465200170035

in Bibtex Style

author={José Cordeiro and Joaquim Filipe and Kecheng Liu},
title={NOMIS: A Human Centred Modelling Approach of Information Systems},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 4th International Workshop on Enterprise Systems and Technology - Volume 1: I-WEST,},

in EndNote Style

JO - Proceedings of the 4th International Workshop on Enterprise Systems and Technology - Volume 1: I-WEST,
TI - NOMIS: A Human Centred Modelling Approach of Information Systems
SN - 978-989-8425-44-7
AU - Cordeiro J.
AU - Filipe J.
AU - Liu K.
PY - 2010
SP - 17
EP - 35
DO - 10.5220/0004465200170035