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Category: Future Of Text

Continuing symposium on the future of text.

Emailed to the Doug @ 50 Core team regarding the Book Summit


On the 19th of this month I’ll be presenting at the summit of the book in Baku. Yes, I know, it’s super cool.

I have three ideas for what I would like to present from our group and I wonder who is interested in working on what part (or would like to suggest alternatives). I am not talking about final projects but at least solid plans as to how we will complete and maybe some aspect working:

• HyperGlossaries implemented in a basic way in WordPress with a way to create, insert and access glossary entries which are at least close to being integrated with knowledge graphs.

• Socratic Authoring: Demonstrating exporting of a document to a server and have the server be able to ‘look’ inside the document to do advanced analysis/views.

• ViewSpecs in WordPress. Essentially a powerful, web based RSS reader with easy mechanisms to specify whose thread the user wants to read and what keywords to search for (this would be prime for our own dog-fooding/bootstrapping).

* I am also investing heavily of my own to have a basic version of dynamic views in Author useable by then:

This is a fantastic excuse for an early deadline and a great opportunity to sign up allies to our mission of making knowledge more usefully interactive, to have libraries as partners for a global, 21st Century DKR.

Others who will be at the summit will include:

Ismail Serageldin, Founding Director Emeritus of the Library of Alexandria (co-chair of NGIC)
Vaira Vike-Freiberga, Former president of Latvia (co-chair of NGIC)
UNESCO Representative
Former IFLA President – Claudia Lux
Vaira Vike-Freiberga, Former President of Latvia
Aminah Gurib-Fakim, President of Mauritius
George Ivanov, President of Macedonia
Ivo Josipovic, former president of Croatia
Emil Constantinescu, Former President of Romania
Boris Tadic, Former President of Serbia
On Google Books – (pending)
On the Work of the Library of Congress – Mary Jane Deeb
Brewster Kahle – the Internet Archive
Nadereh Chamlou, Former Senior Advisor, The World Bank
Ron Laporte – Towards mobilizing inter-library systems for development (TBC)
Peter Bae – Copyrights in the digital Age (TBC)
Ingrid Parent – former IFLA president
Han Yongjin, National Library of China
Sawako Hanyo, National Diet Library
Gerald Grumberg,
Krasimira Aleksandrova National Library of Bulgaria
Gholamreza Amirkhani, National Library of Iran
George Kekelidze, National Parliamentary Library of Georgia
Karim Tahirov, National Library of Azerbaijan)
Asadjan Khodjaev Deputy Director of the National Library of Uzbekistan
Zhanat Seidumanov,
National Library of Kazakhstan
Nazer Kurbanov, National Library of Turkmenistan
Jan Fischer, Former Prime Minister, Czech Republic,
On the future of Text: Frode Hegland
Susan Ness
Noram Amako, Deputy Director, Librarians Registration Council of Nigeria
Pradaig Kirby
Paul Sturges, Professor emeritus Loughborough University
Mohamed Hassan, President of the Inter-Academy Partnership
Nina Fedoroff, USA Presidential medal of Science laureate
Tay Ai Cheng, Deputy Chief Executive National Library Board
Helena Asamoah-Hassan, Executive Director, African Library and Information Associations & Institutions
Hassan ELOUAZZANI Morocco (Ministry of Culture)
Jay Jordan, Jay Jordan, CEO Emeritus of OCLC who is now on NewsBank’s board of directors.
Alicia Cristina Ocaso-Ferreira President Uruguayan Library Association (ABU) for more.

Who is with me on what part?


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… Further Notes on a ‘Add Term’ dialog box

Further to Wednesday calls it might be useful to let the user choose which pre-set Categories sets to import from the chosen Knowledge Graph. Also, the creation of relationships here is done in a pop-up box where [OHS] [builds] [DKR] is manually ‘coded’, where the verb can be typed or chosen from a list based on the knowledge graph space interacted with.

This is based on the previous post.

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As we wish each other happy new year and look towards a richly fulfilling 2018, it’s worth asking to what end.

It is clear to those who have read my work that I believe that the foundation of the universe is interaction (physicists might call it fields) and that since my philosophy is called ‘liquid information’ the question is how meaningful interactions can take place in a wholly liquid information environment – this is the very question of my career. I believe it is imperative to view our world as a complex of different types of interactions and connections and to study them to find out how our world and how we fit together and interrelate.

This then leads me to this very beautiful and thoughtful poetic analysis of the movie Interstellar ‘Interstellar’s Hidden Meaning Behind Love and Time’

Love may perhaps be the prime connection conscious creatures can access. Along the way of our evolution we have managed it in most cases for the most obvious relationship; those of kin and we have enlarged our love for those we feel similar to; those who are on ‘our side’, to include cities and nations and even sports teams.

At this point in our evolution however (when we still have AI who will listen to us and we still have not blown up or dried up our planet), it is time to listen to Jesus who said “”A new command I give you: As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”, Muhammad who said “You will not enter paradise until you believe, and you will not believe until you love one another” and the cool dude in the street who simply says; “Peace, Love”.

If we don’t work to make the term ‘altruism’ a quaint relic of a stage in our evolution when love towards all life was the standard, the base, the very core of our being and our society, we will just build larger and more powerful units of love who will rub up against other units of love and that can get very ugly, as our history has shown again and again; such as on e beloved country or one beloved religion against another.

So love each other. Love is fundamental, love is not a transaction, love is a state of your soul, but also, perhaps more importantly, love is a behaviour, an action. Love is not something confined to the holy place or the bedroom, love is here and now and always a part of us, let us not be ashamed or timid, let us nurture love in our lives and in our work.

To honour a man of overflowing love, how can we show real love on the 9th of December? How can we build love into the work we produce? THAT, is a practical research question.

Happy 2018 everyone!

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