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Metapattern is a term coined by several authors for several concepts.

Gregory Bateson[edit]

Gregory Bateson coined the term Metapattern described by environmental scientist Tyler Volk in Metapatterns: Across Space, Time, and Mind. Metapatterns are, loosely, patterns of patterns. In other words, a pattern so wide-flung that it appears throughout the spectrum of reality: in clouds, rivers, and planets; in cells, organisms, and ecosystems; in art and architecture, and politics. They are functional universals for forms in space, processes in time, and concepts in mind. Volk describes ten such patterns: Spheres, Sheets/Tubes, Borders, Binaries, Centers, Layers, Calendars, Arrows, Breaks, and Cycles.

Pieter Wisse[edit]

The Dutch computer scientist Pieter Wisse proposed a method called Metapattern for conceptual modeling: with Metapattern you should be able to include context and time. The method is described in his book Metapattern context and time in information models and other papers.

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