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Knowledge Elements & Interactions (draft 13 December 2016

This is an overview of the elements of computer augmented thought. It is important to develop a language of what the different elements should be called and what attributes they should have, while keeping in mind that this is an evolutionary process, not a think-once, write-forever issue.

If we were building a new system with no legacy this would be a very different thing, but we need to develop within the current technical and cultural landscape, while trying to move to a more flexible and powerful open environment.

Knowledge Elements

The items listed below can exist alone in a document or as a part of a document with others:

•  Thoughts : Notes, Writings
Our thoughts are simply notes° created by us without primarily referencing something else in the world.

•  Something in the World : Citations
Something in the world which can be addressed and cited somehow. This can be a clipping/cutting or a URL or just the data itself which a system can search for and locate in an origin document/location. Includes text, Pictures, Video, Audio and Graphs.

•  Thoughts about Something in the World : Annotations
Something which exists in the world, such as an article and we add a note to it, we annotate° it with our thoughts. This can be through adding meta-information in a digital environment with explicit ‘tags’ but it can also mean simple highlights, strokes and shapes around text or other information.

•  Thoughts about Something in Our Work : Comments
We make ‘notes’ of our thoughts and information we come across. We add notes – we ‘annotate’ – documents others have created, for our own use while we comment° on documents others have created for their use and attach notes on our own for further information for the reader.

Knowledge Container/Frame : Document

Any self-contained portable framing of any of the components listed above, including composite and single items.

Knowledge View

A presentation of the components which may or may not be stored in the view generator itself.

Knowledge Mobility

A key criteria for a powerfully interactive knowledge environment that comes out of this is the ability for any element to move from any Document and any View to any other, while retaining context and meta-information.

Connections & Concept Maps

All of these represent meaning for the user and all of them can be organised and connected in a myriad of views.

Dimensions & Interactivity

For the notes to be actionable by the system and therefore richly interactive – not just through the users mind – the notes need to share as many dimensions as possible.

Published inFuture Of TextLiquid | AuthorPhDThoughts

One Comment

  1. Sam Hahn

    I like where this takes the conversation…
    There is a rich set of actions identified here
    I still believe that thoughts don’t appear “out of thin air”, and that there are connections to be made even if one has written only “notes, writings”
    The distinction between “annotation” and “comments” is not yet very clear
    For Document: why the need to be “portable”? Why not be LOCATED / LOCATABLE, and yet linkable where the link is portable?
    A Knowledge View (in the document context) IS the DOCUMENT itself…
    But brings up discussion re: GlobalVIS (for me)
    I am surprised you do not include #TAGS here…

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