Open and Sustainable Innovation Systems (OASIS) Lab working notes

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WP: JCDL Where the semantic publishing rubber meets the scholarly practice road

A key feature that he tries to accomplish is composability through linking, a la sys/Zettelkasten. This method of composability partially relies on effective compression of ideas into relatively atomic notes about key ideas, that he can then densely link with others. This partially achieves [[contextualizability]] as well.

June 29th, 2020

Watched The Bit Player documentary on Claude Shannon. Inspiring! Thinking again about compression in the information theory sense, and what that might mean for P/Synthesis Infrastructure.

Z: Compression is necessary for synthesis

It is important to distinguish Atomicity from compression: in creative thought, it is less about Decomposition in the atomic and disconnected sense, and more about flexibly using compression to move between different levels and states of "granularity".

WP: JCDL Where the semantic publishing rubber meets the scholarly practice road

Built on top of sys/TiddlyWiki, and inspired by Andy Matuschak's approach, she also employs compression to enable richer [[contextualizability]] through bi-directional links. This particular instance, though, has less connection to primary/original sources, which is fairly typical of many of the Digital Gardens at play right now.

Z: Design systems, not tools

This might be one reason that Andy Matuschak and Michael Nielsen think that Z: The most transformative insights must come from a single "mind". Because it's really challenging to (or we haven't yet figured out how to) enable a medium with data model properties of compression, context, and compositionality that spans multiple minds; a distributed system that enfolds or spans more than one mind and their workflow.

June 29th, 2020

Seems to support compression (manipulating and connecting at the "excerpt" level)

Z: Compression and contextualizability are in tension

compression can be thought of as abstraction. A core thing that abstraction does is remove "extraneous" details, retaining only what is "necesssary".

June 29th, 2020

what we integrate: zooming in on the context piece, as well as ingredients for compression and composability, a bit at the sub-discourse level.


Be careful, though! Their idea of Chunking is closer to the idea of compression - packing a huge amount of information into a smaller unit, abstracting away a lot of things.

Q: Do scholarly synthesis infrastructures already exist?

compression resembles the core concerns of standards like std/Micropublications @clarkMicropublicationsSemanticModel2014 and std/Nanopublications @grothAnatomyNanopublication2010, which were developed in part to enable reasoning over more granular units of knowledge.