Regarding Henson's domain ontologies, I always thought those reflected usage
domains such as manufacturing, sailing, etc. rather than technologies.
Regardless, Henson makes a key point that systems engineering critically
depends on understanding the properties, characteristics and coefficients of
stuff with which systems are materialized.
FWIW, my current list of system ingredients is:
Thermodynamics, Informatics, Biomatics, Teleonomics, Human social dynamics,
Economic, and Ecologic (01)
Furthermore, when systems morph (most do) the integrity of the resulting system
depends on the Conservation Laws. Most of us are aware of Newton's view, i.e.,
+ Thermodynamics: mass, momentum and energy
However must system engineering also honor
+ Informatics: data, information and knowledge?
+ Biomatics: Being, Doing, Knowing?
+ Teleonomics: skills, rate of learning, and rate of invention?
+ Human social dynamics: trust, enthusiasm, co-evolution?
+ Economics: Investment, ROI, Liquidity?
+ Ecologics: Waste, Fads, Unintended Consequences? (02)
On Jan 30, 2012, at 4:59 AM, Matthew West wrote: (03)
>> 2. domain ontologies, such a physics laws which can be included in
>> engineering analysis (04)
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