We increasingly live in heterogeneous ever-changing webs of activities where human actions are intertwined with events created by automatic machines. In order to make such webs understandable to its human participants, their structure should be represented by displays emphasizing their action aspect. The paper suggests thematic roles as a semantics for actions, argues that a selection of well-known diagramming techniques can be defined within this theory, and uses the theory to discuss new issues related to process control and mobile technology.
Analysing and Diagramming Complex Heterogeneous Activities: Action in Language, Organisations and Information Systems, 2005
thematic roles, activity, diagrams
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ALOIS 2004. Action in Language, Organisations and Information Systems