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IBIS (Issue-Based Information System) is a methodology for storing discussions in an organized manner (i.e., as questions, ideas, and arguments). It is thought to be particularly useful in tackling Wicked Problems, where the definition of and solution to the problem are interdependent.

IBIS was originated by Horst J. Rittel and Werner Kunz and implemented on an Apple ][ :-). Their paper is still available in print form:

   "Issues as Elements of Information Systems"
   WP-131, 6-1-70
   Horst J. Rittel & Werner Kunz
   Institute for Urban and Regional Development
   IURD <iurd@uclink.berkeley.edu>
   UC Berkeley

A commercial version of IBIS is available from Touchstone, (formerly Group Decision Support Systems) ( http://www.touchstone.com ). They have published a number of Working Papers ( http://www.touchstone.com/tr/resources.html ), including an IBIS Manual ( http://www.touchstone.com/tr/wp/IBIS.html ) and a discussion of Wicked Problems ( http://www.touchstone.com/tr/wp/wicked.html ).

See also: IbisWiki

-- RichMorin - 21 Aug 2000

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