[open-science] [okfn-discuss] Community Integration?: Afterthoughts

Jack Park jackpark at gmail.com
Thu Oct 16 00:20:09 UTC 2014

Hi Brent,

Many thanks for the links!
Indeed, that thesis is right in line with the kinds of things that many
people are thinking and doing.

Many of us followed Douglas Engelbart, who, while best known for the mouse,
windows, and other UX ideas coming out of his lab, is well known for
arguing in favor of what he calls a "Dynamic Knowledge Repository" (DKR),
which is defined as the combination of people, their knowledge (to share)
and tools with which they share and organize their knowledge. So, this
work, and knowledge graphs organized by ontologies, is right in line with
Open Science.

Side note: in a lecture in Seoul in 2007, at the suggestion of Ted Kahn, I
switched the name "dynamic knowledge repository" to, instead, "dynamic
knowledge garden".  I was then asked to drop "dynamic", so most of my
slides at slideshare talk about knowledge gardening.

Svetlana started a "knowledge graph" at debategraph.org (link in the pad)
and invited me in (it's public and others should feel invited to
contribute) to help her get started.  In that graph, I suggested setting it
up with a Terminology subgraph, which holds terms (think: poor-person's
ontology) which then "tag" nodes elsewhere in the graph to tie things
together and, in a sense, semantically anchor them.

My argument was, and remains this:
There is plenty of evidence to suggest that unless and until you identify
first the purpose of the platform -- in Svetlana's case: PlanetOpenScience
(which I would categorize as a "knowledge federation" [1] --and then follow
that with identifying use cases and scenarios which are entailed in the
purpose statement.  From that, requirements fall out for platform selection
or design.  Sounds a lot like ISO9000, I suppose, but there is merit, if
you plan to hire an ISP and put something up, in thinking a bit about it

Many thanks, Brent.
[1] http://www.knowledgefederation.org/

On Wed, Oct 15, 2014 at 4:31 PM, Brent Shambaugh <brent.shambaugh at gmail.com>

> Jack,
> Perhaps this will be of interest to you {1}. Basically you have some sort
> of tool that allows a user to build a concept map, which can later be
> parsed (with user assistance) using existing ontologies on the web allowing
> for information integration. By M. Fernandez I meant Miriam Fernandez's
> thesis [2]:
> {1}
> http://adistributedeconomy.blogspot.com/2014/10/concept-map-to-structured-data.html
> [2] http://nets.ii.uam.es/miriam/thesis.pdf
> -Brent Shambaugh
> Website: bshambaugh.org
> On Fri, Oct 10, 2014 at 10:27 AM, Jack Park <jackpark at gmail.com> wrote:
>> A pad might make sense.
>> I'd like to toss in an idea that builds on Jenny's "map of the
>> participants" by adding a "map of the topics they share" (a topic map,
>> which includes people, their topics, and relations among all of them).
>> Topics could easily be extended to include projects, lab notebooks, data,
>> and even software.
>> If a particular software becomes a topic in a topic map, it can then be
>> connected to its users, projects using it, data it processed, reports
>> generated by the work, and so forth.
>> If the topic map also happens to include topics each of which is a
>> question, claim, or argument from conversations around projects, then the
>> entire map contains all that is knowable to it as generated by the
>> participants.
>> If a topic happens to be a biomolecule under study, then, in effect, the
>> topic map grants a social life to that molecule.
>> Just a thought.
>> On Fri, Oct 10, 2014 at 6:39 AM, Svetlana Belkin <belkinsa at ubuntu.com>
>> wrote:
>>> On 10/10/2014 07:58 AM, Jenny Molloy wrote:
>>> > Open science are definitely keen - how about a meta-community sprint
>>> > next week? I can spend some focused time on this and we can explore
>>> > different ideas and try out things from the list of suggestions on the
>>> > open-science thread you've linked.
>>> Sure, but how are we going to do this?  IRC and Pad?  Or Skype and Pad?
>>> >[SNIP]
>>> Reply to this message:
>>> https://lists.okfn.org/pipermail/okfn-discuss/2014-October/010648.html
>>> And [SNIP] part of this reply is here:
>>> https://lists.okfn.org/pipermail/okfn-discuss/2014-October/010649.html
>>> --
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