Connections & Pivots
I’ve made the assertion often that the core of existence is not information, but interaction – since it’s the interaction which produces information and makes information accessible and useful. As such, it becomes crucial that we facilitate human interaction with data and this happens along connections, where connections are defined as widely as possible.
All the below are means through which a user can interact with a piece of text, or other medium, on a screen, in order to see further information, though in some categories, such as the Pivot Points, initial text will not always be necessary.
Links (explicitly stated)
• Internet links, which are actually addresses
• Typed/categorised links, where the author or editor has added information about the nature of the links
• Digital Citations, which are addresses with further meta-data
• Implicit connections, such as a word’s entry in a dictionary or glossary
Pivot Points (implicit and dynamically created)
• Dynamic and multidimensional connections, which are really search criteria results based on the selected text plus potentially other criteria such as meta information, as below:
• Dimensions from Meta-data tagged on to information, allowing the user to list results based on this meta-data, such as ‘morning’ or ‘London’
• Comments & ‘foot’-notes as basis for search/lists
• Trails, as in Vannevar Bush’s Memex approach
Human Brain Connections
• There are human ‘bound’ connections, such as you and me now being bound by both having read this sentence