Since I have been thinking about the dimensionality of Einstein’s universe and the associations within the six interrogatives, it has led me to wonder about how the two fit together. I have expressed it in the above diagram. The association types are the rows and the interrogatives the columns. We immediately have four dimensions for each interrogative. Food for thought as I think about my current reading on network theory.
This hearkens back to a model I did in June 2007:
You can see by using an association table for each interrogative this model provides for all the possible associations within the ontology. However, I do not think this model is complete. I’ll discuss that a bit later.
A new insight that has come to me in working with the Systema Framework is the realization that datatypes are not chaotic or random. Datatypes are specific to the column they are in.
The interesting thing is the framework is two dimensional. This means that each of the six interrogatives is provided with each of the six datatypes in a structured fashion.
When you give this thought in this disciplined fashion, it becomes obvious that the Zachman Framework and the Systema Framework are inadequate to explain the complexity of datatypes we experience. I will provide a solution in my next post.
Chris Collins has written a good Introduction to the Zachman Framework that I recommend with a caution: I do not accept that John Zachman fully understands what he is talking about. What this means to me is I will be gradually divorcing myself from using the term Zachman Framework and use the term “Systema” instead. He himself acknowledges that he borrowed his concept from the six interrogatives and construction terminology and from all I’ve read I do not feel that John ever fully explored what he used indepth.
If he had he would have realized there is only one true dimension which are the six unities, which I borrow modified from Aristotle. Every new dimension is simply a repeat of the six unities.
My terminology continues to evolve:
This brings to mind The Innovator’s Dilemma and shows that the tipping point is between reliability and economy.
He would have also pointed out that there are only four fundamental verbs that can be performed on the six factors. I am still refining the icon design.