Thinking about how digital texts fit into the bigger picture of us building richly interconnected informational spaces to embed knowledge in them, I ended up before a knowledge soup. Knowledge Representation and a Soup It is in The Challenge of Knowledge Soup where computer scientist John F. Sowa writes about knowledge and how difficult itContinue Weaving
The Interconnectedness within
Intertextuality is a term coined in 1966 referring to texts being shaped and influenced by other texts. The way I see it, this concept reaches as far as our digital state of existence today.
Everything is connected. Every text, every thread in a conversation (be it direct or indirect, through references) starts and ends in and with another text or thread. We are never-ending stories reaching out to find possible continuations.
I find the analogy between humans and texts very useful as a means for understanding our networked life. And by using the concept of text I refer to any symbolic representation of shared meaning.
For so long texts have been our main source and at the same time tool for passing on meaning and insights through time and space. Today this vehicle of traditions is being entirely logged, archived and digitized, creating a huge corpus of texts that are available to search through, enjoy, compare and most importantly enrich with new meanings and relationships.
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Bagpipes. Young boys and girls dancing to the rhythm of traditional Bulgarian music. The biggest digital festival on the Balkans – Webit is opened. The young people dancing are not talents from an art school as you and me might have thought, they are Bulgaria’s champions in maths, physics, philosophy from the National Gymnasium ofContinue Weaving
The Web and the Text are intricate networks of words, things, people and the relationships between them. By form, the text and the Web share a lot of common traits. More or less decentralized (no top-down hierarchies included), open to new elements and fostering the exchange of knowledge. By function, texts and the web are intriguingly similar too:Continue Weaving
Think about something unthinkable for a moment: the Web, through which you probably reached and read this, is a space without a topos where the only signifying system (for now) is language. No physical space, no other signals, e.g. tactile or olfactory, to create meaning. Only labels and connections used to create places. (cf. “How toContinue Weaving