Some of the assumptions that drive shared information and the shared concepts that underly them:
- There exists cognitive patterns (also called processes, structures, templates, metaphorical structures, relationships, frames, cognitive models, etc.) that are repeatedly used across across a variety of contexts, i.e. disciplines, domains or fields.
- That there is no single body of knowledge that explicitly captures and specifies these patterns and their related contexts, and by implication there is no discipline which owns them.
- That more often than not, we are unaware that these patterns exist and that we use them.
- And most importantly: that there is some (as yet unrealized) benefit to the intentional reuse of these patterns, and their relationships to contexts.