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Just took FactLink for a spin. A couple of good blog posts.
One in particular: https://factlink.com/blog/4-lessons-you-can-learn-from-factlinks-pivot

They wrote "We started out building a tool for linking information together, where some information would support other information."
I replied: "A mind map would do this. I worked through that approach in the 1990s with cMap and Compendium and even created a prototype using VRML. Those years confirmed what I suspected: merely connecting missed the point. A library catalog doesn't only connect, it arrays. Likewise with a book's index. So I drilling into things to find ?what? a vector along with I could array the countless information items we encounter. Hence "GNodal"."

They: "There were multiple reasons why Factlink didn’t work, but most importantly, it was too complex. We tried to do too much at once"
Me: "Let me suggest a refinement of this very fine insight: why was it too complex? because it aimed to do too many things. Is why I say I spent years trying to design a fulcrum for the lever that is ICT. I suspect a closer inspection of the "cognitive ergonomics" at play would reveal design principles that are at one parsimonious and more effective. (That worked for me! /grin/)"
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“The Institute’s Research Assistant program not only helps nurture critical research skills among our undergraduates, it also offers them the opportunity to work on important public policy challenges with graduate students and top faculty and staff at Harvard Kennedy School"
via "Why Bother" at UT Votes
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Part of my plan: not only to use my system as part of a MOOC, but to actually engage students in #ParticipatoryDeliberation "in the wild".
#DeliberativePolitics
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There's some very nice material surfacing. Not #BigData ... just substantial information.
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I'm trying to recreate my thinking from circa 1997/99 ... cMap and Compendium ... I was working with VRML at the time ... "organization of movement in an ethology lab, funded by cog-psych at Dalhousie. It was all about taxonomy / ontology / modularization.

"Meaning acts like a strange attractor, around which concepts trace their trajectories." --BD Tremblay


https://twitter.com/bentrem/status/445987853546577920 (full version at Twitlonger: http://www.twitlonger.com/show/n_1s11ja6)

The 3 axes that in-form the design and the method can be demonstrated quite easily:
1) A person posts a naked URL. Whatever platform (Twitter, FB, GPlus, or any of the chat clients. Even by phone text.) it remains no more than what it is: a person (X) makes a substantial statement of fact (Y). Substantial, but not very communicative. (Creating a link, which is comprised of the URL along with descriptive text, is much more communicative and meaningful, if not unambiguous.)

2) A person Favorites a Tweet, or simply ReTweets it. (Notice that the product of these two are materially different.) Or a person "Likes" a post on FB, or clicks "+" on GPlus. (The equivalent to merely ReTweeting would be to Share an item with no text added.) Simplistic, but communicative. a person (X) has an affective response (Z) to something (Y).

The design challenge has been to capture those three axes in a manner that is effective (UX), efficient (cognitive ergonomics), parsimonious, and subject to capture in a well formed data system. These 3 axes comprise what I call "the discursive constellation".

I address this complex (a veritable Tower of Babel) as a set of "impedance mismatches", where interconnections fail due to differences in the information being exchanged; quality, density, velocity, granularity etc etc etc. Drawing on my experience with ontology/taxonomy "in the wild" (i.e. industry and not for profit) I have devised a method that draws together the common strands in a way that integrates and harmonizes the various streams. Paradigmatic: all the news items on issue X are connected back through their various stems to their common root.

I came up with an approach that lends itself to a variety of situations. Roughly, it has 2 modes of operation: one is as a "discourse-based decision support system" (It's aimed at such as business decisions or policy decisions , the latter not being restricted to government.) and the second as a discourse system that "mitigates flames while surfacing and nurturing the subjective narrative". This second mode can buttress online learning. These are the 2 fundamental modes: one is discourse meant to establish facts that can be shared, and discourse concerning different values, or the meaning of shared facts i.e. implications and ramifications.
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Colin and I chatting about copyright and open source and IP ...
https://plus.google.com/u/0/104846054806852679393/posts/1AfP99nwNPW
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+Michael Cooke FWIW / by way of context:
I kept notes as I surveyed the domain ... dates back to 2004? http://gnodal.livejournal.com
Slightly older, where I blogged about tech. [Just peeked; back to 2002.] This blog, like all my others, is long dusty: http://mozdawg.blogspot.com

p.s. late 70s I spent some time in Vancouver. Had the job situation not been so tight I'd like have done the communications program at SFU.
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Enigmatic?
"By way of context" ... doesn't that explain things?
And the "reference to gnodal" is a link to one of my old blogs.

My apologies: I thought something there might be of interest to you.
My mistake.
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Might deliberations on cost-effectiveness be the entry point for discourse and public participation?

From the British Academy page "If you could do one thing..." Nine local actions to reduce health inequalities"
http://www.britac.ac.uk/policy/Health_Inequalities.cfm

Alan Maynard - "The Role of Cost-Effectiveness Evidence in Reducing Inequality.pdf"
http://www.britac.ac.uk/templates/asset-relay.cfm?frmAssetFileID=13286

Paradigmatic: the Oregon exercise in cost-effect health that was over-turned and rejected in place of a whole process of public consultation.
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"Techniques for evaluating individual social interventions and conducting systematic reviews across a range of studies are well established".
Is this so? has this been documented?

This statement was made regarding government policy and interventions in the domain of public health. Is it true even of this one area?

I see those evaluations as key points where #ParticipatoryDeliberation would apply.
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"Transforming Government; ICT Strategy and Action Plan to 2017"
ICT is not just about technology – it’s about the ways in which information and technology are used to deliver better services and enhance trust and confidence in government."
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System definition: to collect and manage particular information relating to the entity's core interests. Those particular informations are distributed in a way that integrates the entity's holdings with the internet steam.
Mission: to capture the discursive constellation.
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Of all the reasons we have for talking with others, only a very very few require an "evidence based" approach. Decisions ... key points.
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Addendum:
http://soup.groundplane.org/.../Each-countrys-Commission...

"The Glass Bead Game is thus a mode of playing with the total contents and values of our culture; it plays with them as, say, in the great age of the arts a painter might have played with the colors on his palette. All the insights, noble thoughts, and works of art that the human race has produced in its creative eras, all that subsequent periods of scholarly study have reduced to concepts and converted into intellectual values -- on all this immense body of intellectual values the Glass Bead Game player plays like the organist on an organ. And this organ has attained an almost unimaginable perfection; its manuals and pedals range over the entire intellectual cosmos; its stops are almost beyond number."
 
"Media Matters Launches Real Time Fact-Checking Site" <http://crooksandliars.com/2014/03/media-matters-launches-real-time-fact>
Something like this has been my life-long dream. The project I've worked on is like a front-end for this, using "discourse" to get folk working through the complex web of person's meanings and values. see http://gnodal.protension.com

As I commented on RB Reich's post (https://www.facebook.com/RBReich/posts/632398970147737?stream_ref=10):
""Raising minimum wage" ... there are a few key propositions that are stated as though apodictic; my work on #DeliberativePolitics and #ParticipatoryDeliberation focus on debunking those myths."
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See the image on this post.
"I will provide some examples and key success factors for most of these identified trend. As an introduction and an element of context, have a look at the Figure 1 below which describes a vision of the open innovation ecosystem and dynamics."
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Ideas and information in action
Introduction
We live in tension. There's the is, and then there's the ought ... the way we think things should be.
Information links us to all of that, even as we displace ourselves (through our thinking) in space and time.

"Protension" is my play on the concept of "tensegrity".

"The word 'tensegrity' is an invention: a contraction of 'tensional integrity.' Tensegrity describes a structural-relationship principle in which structural shape is guarenteed by the finitely closed, comprehensively continuous, tensional behaviors of the system and not by the discontinuous and exclusively local compressional member behaviors. Tensegrity provides the ability to yield increasingly without ultimately breaking or coming asunder" --Richard Buckminster Fuller (exerpt from Synergetics, p. 372.)


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