Peace through knowledge gardens, topic maps and category theory


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Peace through knowledge gardens, topic maps and category theory

  1. 1. Peace through Peaceful Interactions, Knowledge Gardens, Topic Maps, and Category TheoryJack Parkjackpark@topicquests.orgStanford⟺Carnegie Mellon University Silicon ValleyPeace Innovation Workshop, © 2012, TopicQuests This work is9 April, 2012 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial- . ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License
  2. 2. Peirce: Categories Writ Large Thirdness UX: Habits Secondness Reactions Firstness PossibilitiesDiagram co-created with MaryKeeler and Howard Liu
  3. 3. Peace: Categories Writ Large UX: Peace Topic-centric Trust Building Peace Data MAPI
  4. 4. Peace Mapping Palestine Israel Shared Topic* Peace Republicans Democrats Peaceful Interaction For category diagrams drawn this way, see, e.g. Lawvere, F.William & Stephen H. Schanuel (1997).*Shared topics relate to Issue-based Information Systems Conceptual Mathematics: A first introduction to categories. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge UniversityBased_Information_System Press
  5. 5. Category Theory and Topic Maps• Goal – A global Knowledge Garden engaged in trust building for peace • Trust built on shared topics of interest – “Let’s discover or co-create topics on which we agree, and build on that…”• Features – Topic maps federate topics shared during peace interactions • Represents links (trails) to other individuals with similar interests – Facilitates trust growth – Category theory facilitates exploration of the topological space entailed by peace interactions* • Multiple ways to discover, study, and enhance relations among participants• Conjecture – Topic maps can play roles in category theoretic knowledge representation *Some ideas:
  6. 6. Inspiration: Robert Rosen Metabolism Environment Repair ReplicationA canonical organismexpressed in category- Figure 10C.6.theoretic representation Rosen, Robert(1991). Life Itself: A Comprehensive inquiry into the Nature, Origin, and Fabrication of Life. New York: Columbia University Press. Page- 251
  7. 7. What is a Knowledge Garden? A Knowledge Garden federates Social with Technical and Political Condo Condo (Topic (Topic Garden) Garden) Federated Information Resources (Topics)Collections of participants Condoat topic-centric portals (Topic(condos) with all Garden)information resourcesfederated
  8. 8. What’s In a Condo• A Social Contract Federation – Sensemaking – Discovery – Learning Games – Peace Interactions• User Experience Topic – Epistemic games Other Map – Structured conversations – Social gardening Research • Tagging Tools • Annotating Conversation • Connecting Tools
  9. 9. Closing Thought: Topic Maps• A Topic Map is like a library* – A Topic Map is indexical • Like a card catalog – Each topic has its own representation • Improving on a card catalog, a topic can be identified many different ways – A Topic Map is relational • Like a good road map – Topics are connected by associations – Topics point to their occurrences in the territory – A Topic Map is organized • Multiple records on the same topic are co-located in the map *A library without all the books: a map is not its territory
  10. 10. Completed Representation Compromised Host Appropriate ForBacterial Infection Contraindicates Antioxidants Because macrophages use antioxidants free radicals to kill Let’s Co-create a Garden and kill bacteria free radicals Federate Peace Interactions