As Information Systems researchers, developers and practitioners, we use models every day but we seldom stop and think about our use of models. As discussed by Herbert Simon in his seminal The Sciences of the Artificial (1996), models are crucial for developing, using or researching any artificial artifact.  The purpose of this seminar is to discuss the use of models in Information Systems (IS). How do we use them? When and why do we use them? What makes a good model?

A model is often formally defined as a ‘representation, generally in miniature, to show the construction or appearance of something’. As a representation, the model, therefore, fulfills a key function in research and development of IS systems because it promotes understanding of what it represents. Understanding is critical given the inherent complexity of modern Information Systems. The Information Systems aspects that are described by models range from data, technology infrastructure, applications and software to strategic models. 

Please join us for the 2018 AISSAC seminar on modeling in IS research and development.


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