Ronald Stamper


stamper small"Semiotics and BREXIT"


-  Pre-banquet keynote, Wednesday 25/10 evening, 18h00          




Short bio:


1953 Army – modelled short career on the Good Soldier Svejk
1955 University College, Oxford – mathematics (and opera).
1958 NHS-Statistician at Oxford Regional Hospitals working on organisational problems;
1961 UK Steel industry – Operational Research; then, at the staff college, he created the first courses on information systems analysis and design outside the computer industry. Discovered semiotics and, as a result, and wrote his book “Information in Business and Administrative Systems”
1968 his syllabus became the basis for the UK’s national programme for which he wrote a book of case studies and moved to the London School of Economics to teach and research.
1970s Principal Investigator on LEGOL-MEASUR programme funded by IBM, Digital two UK Research Councils (physical and social sciences).
1979 Semantics paper at IFIP DB Architecture conference: chair said “too philosophical”.
1988 Prof. of Information Management at U. Twente, research continued.
1999 ‘Retired’ (joke) continued the research and attempted to transfer the technology to industry against the evident wishes of the UK’s Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, which presides over the worst productivity in the OECD. As our Semantic Normal Form makes huge improvements in productivity, the DBIS’s record was threatened.





“When did you stop beating your wife/husband?”   Answer with ‘Yes’ or ‘No’...


Semiotics: Called by John Locke (1690) the “doctrine of signs”, dates back to ancient Greek philosophy.  Signs stand for other things; Stamper reviewed their properties: three technical ones are handled by hardware, telecoms and software industries, but those central to business and this meeting (semantic, pragmatic and social properties) have been neglected until recently.