Cutting the trees of knowledge: social software, information architecture and their epistemic consequences  Michael Schilt...
<ul><li>Niklas Luhmann: “man is not able to communicate; only communication is able to communicate”(1991: 31) </li></ul><u...
From the printing press to the digital age <ul><li>The printing press: one direction  </li></ul><ul><li>The internet: inte...
The cry of open access <ul><li>“ Scholarly communication crisis” </li></ul><ul><li>Open Access Movement </li></ul><ul><li>...
From social software to social knowledge <ul><li>What is the social software? </li></ul><ul><li>1. a range of software pro...
What constitutes a belief in the first place?
the procedure of installing Linux   <ul><li>Search the web for the necessary documentation, which the expert will find; </...
Downloadable beliefs <ul><li>“ Justified true beliefs”-> “Metabeliefs” </li></ul>
<ul><li>“ There are reasons to believe that a social knowledge network has the right properties to connect to the truth-es...
 
It’s a knowledge economy <ul><li>The social organization of knowledge save our time; </li></ul><ul><li>With the network, c...
‘ Idle human intelligence’ From Zol.com.cn
Cutting the trees of knowledge   <ul><li>Innovative possibilities for arrangements of data and information  </li></ul><ul>...
“ The limitative nature of Euclidean space” <ul><li>Linear order like in Euclidean space; </li></ul><ul><li>or in hierarch...
Niklas Luhmann’s solution <ul><li>‘ Zettelkasten’ </li></ul><ul><li>1.Infinite possibilities for further subordering; </li...
Zettelkasten <ul><li>From http://www.cognitiones.de/doku.php/zettelkasten </li></ul>
The future of classification   <ul><li>Blog posts and tags  </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs are ordered on the basis of the time t...
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Cutting The Trees Of Knowledge

  1. 1. Cutting the trees of knowledge: social software, information architecture and their epistemic consequences Michael Schiltz, Frederik Truyen and Hans Coppens Yu Cheng May 5th, 2009
  2. 2. <ul><li>Niklas Luhmann: “man is not able to communicate; only communication is able to communicate”(1991: 31) </li></ul><ul><li>Friedrich Kittler: “Media are no pseudopods, stretching out of the human body. They follow the logic of escalation, leaving us and the history of writing behind themselves.” (1993: 188) </li></ul>
  3. 3. From the printing press to the digital age <ul><li>The printing press: one direction </li></ul><ul><li>The internet: interactive communication </li></ul>
  4. 4. The cry of open access <ul><li>“ Scholarly communication crisis” </li></ul><ul><li>Open Access Movement </li></ul><ul><li>‘ free as in free beer’ </li></ul><ul><li>‘ free as in free speech’ </li></ul>
  5. 5. From social software to social knowledge <ul><li>What is the social software? </li></ul><ul><li>1. a range of software programs </li></ul><ul><li>2. the procedures of society (Wikipedia) </li></ul>
  6. 6. What constitutes a belief in the first place?
  7. 7. the procedure of installing Linux <ul><li>Search the web for the necessary documentation, which the expert will find; </li></ul><ul><li>Participate in a forum discussion to disambiguate some procedures; </li></ul><ul><li>Chat online with other experts who will quickly help him out. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Downloadable beliefs <ul><li>“ Justified true beliefs”-> “Metabeliefs” </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>“ There are reasons to believe that a social knowledge network has the right properties to connect to the truth-establishing external conditions. ” </li></ul><ul><li>“ The act of knowing is taking place in the network rather than in everyone’s mind”. </li></ul><ul><li>(Schiltz et al, 2007) </li></ul>
  10. 11. It’s a knowledge economy <ul><li>The social organization of knowledge save our time; </li></ul><ul><li>With the network, complex projects could be achieved. </li></ul>
  11. 12. ‘ Idle human intelligence’ From Zol.com.cn
  12. 13. Cutting the trees of knowledge <ul><li>Innovative possibilities for arrangements of data and information </li></ul><ul><li>Not only how we know is changing, but also what is known is changing </li></ul>
  13. 14. “ The limitative nature of Euclidean space” <ul><li>Linear order like in Euclidean space; </li></ul><ul><li>or in hierarchical order with two-dimensional in the form of a tree; </li></ul><ul><li>an analytico-synthetic system. </li></ul>
  14. 15. Niklas Luhmann’s solution <ul><li>‘ Zettelkasten’ </li></ul><ul><li>1.Infinite possibilities for further subordering; </li></ul><ul><li>2.Possibilities of referring; </li></ul><ul><li>3.A Register. </li></ul>
  15. 16. Zettelkasten <ul><li>From http://www.cognitiones.de/doku.php/zettelkasten </li></ul>
  16. 17. The future of classification <ul><li>Blog posts and tags </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs are ordered on the basis of the time they are post. </li></ul><ul><li>tags as the second layer of classification to create order. </li></ul>

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