Condos in a Politics Knowledge Garden

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Condos in a Politics Knowledge Garden

  1. 1. Condos in a Politics Knowledge GardenJack Parkjackpark@topicquests.orgPolitics + JS Meetup © 2012, TopicQuests This work isLori Hsu, Organizer Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-San Francisco, California, 12 July, 2012 NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License
  2. 2. Author’s Personal JourneyBuilt airplane Undergrad study: aero eng. Built windmills/solar homes Built wind/solar sensors AI to analyze data Collective intelligence Knowledge gardens It’s a waterfall life…
  3. 3. Politics GardeningWhere do we go to get and co-create trusted information? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:The_Thinker,_Rodin.jpg
  4. 4. Some Keys to Trustworthiness• Omni-partisan perspectives are available.• Co-creation. All can participate. – Software platform is also open source• The digital library of co-created knowledge resources maintained by a non-profit public foundation. – We call that a Knowledge Federation
  5. 5. Why Garden?From the perspective ofcomplexity theory, emergencearises from complex systemsthat create new propertiesfrom “autonomous unitiescoming together into larger,more powerful unities” Olen Gunnlaugson (2011). A Complexity Perspective on Presencing. Complicity, Vol 9, No 1 (2012). Online at: http://ejournals.library.ualberta.ca/index.php/complicity/article/view/9624/8561
  6. 6. What is a Knowledge Garden? A Knowledge Garden fuses Social with Technical and Political Condo Condo (Topic (Topic Garden) Garden) Federated Information ResourcesCollections of participants Condoat topic-centric portals (Topic(condos) with all Garden)information resourcesfederated
  7. 7. What is a Condo• A Social Contract Federation* – Sensemaking • Collaboration • Collective Intelligence – Discovery Games – Learning• User Experience Topic – Epistemic games Other Map – Structured conversations – Social gardening • Tagging Research Tools • Annotating Conversation • Connecting Tools * http://www.knowledgefederation.org
  8. 8. Garden Workflow Big Picture Encyclopedia World of Information Workbench Sources Topic Map•Collect and curate information resources•Transfer them to a Workbench •Annotate, Tag, Connect ideas at the Workbench•Create summary topics in the Encyclopedia •Blogs, Reports, Journalism, …•Organize Workbench resources in Topic Map •Federate, share,…
  9. 9. 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. Towards a Rosetta Stone for Political Discourse for Trust Building• The term Rosetta stone has been used idiomatically to represent a crucial key to the process of decryption of encoded information, especially when a small but representative sample is recognized as the clue to understanding a larger whole.*• Would a Rosetta Stone for http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Rosetta_Stone.JPG political discourse augment trust building among stakeholders? *http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosetta_Stone
  11. 11. “Discovery consists ofseeing what everybodyhas seen and thinkingwhat nobody hasthought.” –Albert Szent-Györgyi
  12. 12. A Scenario—Federating Disparate Conversations and Discovery Discovery? Similar conversations can occur across cultures and world views in politics
  13. 13. Scenario: Meet Joe Joe is in Medical School studying to be a physician Joe is preparing for a test on Bacterial Infections
  14. 14. Scenario: Joe’s Gardening Bookmark page with these tags Web page discovered by Joe Immune Response Bacterial Infectionmacrophages use free radicals to Macrophage kill bacteria Free Radical Reactive Oxygen Annotate page with this idea Use garden condo tools to record discoveries
  15. 15. Scenario: Meet Sarah Sarah lives a healthy lifestyle Sarah reads that free radicals can cause cancer
  16. 16. Scenario: Sarah’s Gardening Bookmark page with these tagsWeb page discovered by Sarah antioxidants Antioxidant kill free radicals Free Radical Annotate page with this idea Use garden condo tools to record discoveries
  17. 17. Scenario: Meet Ben Ben is a cancer patient with recurring bacterial infections Ben visits a garden condo to research bacterial infections
  18. 18. Scenario: Ben’s Garden ResearchBen becomes curiousabout free radicals—a Ben makes a discoverynew concept to him Free Radical macrophages use antioxidants free radicals to kill kill bacteria free radicals The Free Radical tag has created a kind of wormhole (tunnel) that links ideas together. The opportunity is to recognize the importance of those connections.
  19. 19. Scenario: Ben’s GardeningBen has an epiphany Sounds like I should not take any more antioxidant pills! macrophages use antioxidants free radicals to Must Avoid kill kill bacteria free radicals Emergence: Ben adds a new In philosophy, systems theory, science, Connection between and art, emergence is the way complex the two ideas systems and patterns arise out of a multiplicity of relatively simple interactions.* *http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emergence
  20. 20. Scenario: Meet Olivia Olivia is a Medical Doctor interested in immune system subjects
  21. 21. Scenario: Olivia’s Garden Research macrophages use antioxidants free radicals to Must Avoid kill kill bacteria free radicals “Must Avoid” Need to restate this doesn’t really information convey a proper sense of reality Olivia visits the garden
  22. 22. Scenario: Olivia’s Gardening Bacterial Infection Contraindicates Antioxidants Because macrophages use antioxidants free radicals to kill kill bacteria free radicalsOlivia gets bonuspoints for justifying Create a new set ofher assertion. representations by connecting the two core concepts and explaining the connection Use garden condo tools to record discoveries
  23. 23. Scenario: Starting a Conversation Bacterial Infection Contraindicates Antioxidants A Challenge is posed to Olivia’s primary assertion
  24. 24. Scenario: The Conversation Structured conversation responses to the question “Compromised host” as a newconcept to be represented in the garden’s topic map Use garden condo tools to record discoveries
  25. 25. Scenario: Garden Results Co-created resource in Compromised Host the garden Appropriate ForBacterial Infection Contraindicates Antioxidants Because macrophages use antioxidants free radicals to kill kill bacteria free radicals Use garden condo tools to record discoveries
  26. 26. Use Cases for a Politics Garden• Resource Collection – Federation • bring together and organize without filters• Resource Augmentation – Tagging – Annotating Condo – Debate (Topic• Knowledge Cartography Garden) – Connecting resources Federated – Map maintenance Information – More Debate Resources• Research Augmentation – Crowd-sourced discovery – Automated inferences /reasoning – Knowledge sharing
  27. 27. Candidate Federation Architecture
  28. 28. TopicQuests Garden Topology Medical Topic Other Topic Other TopicAdd-On Agents New Condo New Condo Garden Gardens New Condo Garden Gardens New Condo New Condo New Condo New Condo New Condo New Condo New Condo IdentiMe API Personal Microblog PoliticalTopic Other Topic Education Other Topic New Condo New Condo Garden Gardens New Condo Topic Garden Gardens New Condo New Condo New CondoSupport / R&D Know New Condo New Condo New Condo New Condo Read Only Bulk User Free Access User Knowledge API Federation Server TopicQuests KG Admin TopicQuests Non-Profit Non-Profit Knowledge Garden
  29. 29. A Strong Conjecture• A Knowledge Federation’s topic map provides a Rosetta Stone substrate – Supports reasoning by analogy – Quests related to political Issues provide structured collections of justified world views from which to base political decision making – A well-organized map of the growing territory provides a navigable terrain to support journeys of discovery
  30. 30. Completed Representation Compromised Host Appropriate For Bacterial Infection Contraindicates Antioxidants Because Let’s join forces to co-create macrophages use antioxidants free radicals to federate political gardens and kill conversations radicals kill bacteria freeThanks to Mark Szpakowski , Patrick Durusau , and Martin Radley forvaluable comments

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