Presentation, Perception and Parables

 

H.W. Agius and R.J. Paul

 

Department of Information Systems and Computing, Brunel University, Uxbridge, Middlesex, UB8 3PH, U.K.

 

Abstract

 

Presentation, perception, and parables are three themes that are significant within the fields of information systems and computing. The theme of presentation concerns the presentation of information to the user. The theme of perception concerns the process by which stimuli are received and interpreted. The theme of parables refers to ‘stories’ that bear significant meaning and from which ‘lessons’ may be drawn. Using an analogy from the world of art, we discuss each of these themes as they apply to information systems and computing and give example areas within the fields to illustrate. We then summarize the contents of this special issue in the context of the three themes.