Knowledge Architect/Basics/Structure/Relations

Relations

After identification and classification, the most fundamental qualities are those that define and qualify relationships. Resources with these qualities are often referred to as relation resources, or more simply as relations.

Relations are resources like any other resources, but they also have relational qualities that define and qualify the corresponding relationships.

Crucially important and structuring for knowledge, knowledge architecture, and logic, relations typically represent the verbs of knowledge.

Business processes are typical examples of complex relations, as they relate and orchestrate all contributing resources.

Relation qualification typically builds from the combination of specifying relation nature, type, and rules, as well as both, relation subject and object resources, which can each be single (e.g. one) or compound (e.g. many), and which can also each be relations, as well also as relation contexts, periods, locations, purposes, documentation, and, finally, the influence that subject resources can exercise over object (e.g. target) resources, including responsibility, rights, access, capabilities, entitlement, conditions, rules, behavior, orchestration, etc.