Well, well, well. Three holes in the ground.
Seems like someone at ZapThink suffered from a dose of vacation stress, went into warp speed and whilst popping into a superluminal process of thought produced a post on semiotics which, after reading it a second time as a reality check, appeared to be suspisciously close to a brain fart. Usually i like the ZapFlashes a lot due to their thought provoking nature, but this one had me scratching my head searching for significance.
Semiotics is an area of study i find quite interesting because of it's fundamental nature, the meaning of signs. Like any of such concepts it applies on different levels of human experience, the social, psychological and even the physical. Likewise i find the appreciation of art spanning a similar spectrum, some art has social significance, some art touches on the boundaries of perceived reality. The question "but, is it art", i think, besides it's salonfaehig connotation, is irrelevant unless such art goes beyond craftsmanship and proves to be an ontological exploration balancing on the verge of the bio-physical. I know of a paintress whose work reacts on light the same way plants do.. the paintings are in some rudimentary sense alive, or 'begeistert' as it's adequatelly called in German.
Anyway, semiotics and it's companion syntax are something quite fundamental in science, computer science as well as linguistics. And their significance may very well increase even more when AI and ALife systems will grow in their categorization capabilities. If it hadn't been for the place-value system for numerical notation, how we use the alphabet to construct words and sentences, or simple bits and bytes, technological progress would likely have been of a much lower degree. Even Godel's incompleteness theorem dives deep into the fundamentals of the structure of numerical notation, it's direct relationship with functions, and how a logically complete system of rules will lead to results that cannot be proven within the system itself.
There is something odd going on with semiotics.. Semiotics and SOA. Semiotics is not just simple visualization of a service, it is also how the service is implemented, how they are expressed, or pragmatically speaking, with what technology. Semiotics as elements of meaningfull expression and semiotics as fragments of syntax. It's not just some graphical meta-tag used to identify some service as a concretization of something abstract, the service itself is it's own description. How does a e.g. time registration of worked hours get expressed from an HR perspective, an invoicing perspective, project administration, project planning, resource allocation ? There are many contextual assemblies which can make use of the same service and give it a different meaning. Is that abstract or concrete ? Or might it be a reduced degree of a priori subjectivity ? Semiotics is something much more important in the advent of the semantic web.
Yeah, silly me, i thought the ZapThink article was going to be about things like that.. As SOA is a vital ingredient for the semantic web. Maybe a proposition for a semiotic alphabet for SOA, or, as the SOA model is of a fractal nature, some exploration along the lines of buddhist semiotics or even deep research such as a cognitive abstraction inference induction machine which is surpringly similar to a semantic web when abstracting the concept of machine to a structured assembly of functions, or services for that matter..
Well, what can i say.. the SOA that can be spoken of is not the true SOA..