IG Time: the spatio-temporal paradigm

Filed under: Time — lenand @ 11:34 am
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Time is one dimension of the spatio-temporal paradigm – which has an underlying principle:

All Things exist in a universe of four dimensions, three of space and one of time.  

And a significant consequence:

All Things in the past and future can be defined, in addition to all Things in the present.

Adopting the 4D paradigm is useful in information management:

  • The state of a Thing can be defined by the time between a start event and an end event.
  • Things can have many states at any point in time.
  • Relationships can be defined between any Things, and such relationships also have time dimensions.

These can be applied in the domain of the 7 Dimensional Information Governance framework (7DIG).  The seventh dimension considered, Time, is thus more than a clock and more than planning.  Time is one dimension of the Space-Time continuum; three dimensions of space and one of time.  7DIG framework is a model of concepts and the relationships between those concepts.  It is an ‘ontology’.  The Framework has attempted to develop a shared vocabulary and definition of concepts.  Unfortunately these concepts have been called dimensions and sub-dimensions.  In retrospect, another set of words may have been better to avoid possible confusion.

The 7DIG Time dimension applies to all the other six dimensions of the 7DIG framework ie Objectives, Assets, People, Outcomes, Process and Risk.  Every single sub-dimension can have the question asked ‘When?’.

Many thanks to Matthew West for providing the academic background. Expect more postings on some practical aspects of Time in relation to information governance


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