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Re: [ba-ohs-talk] Organic Growth of Knowledge

Sounds fascinating.
It's something I could use...    (01)

Murray Altheim wrote:    (02)

> Eric Armstrong wrote:
> > Murray Altheim wrote:
> >
> >>Malcolm Dean wrote:
> >>>InfoSelect is marketed as a super-PIM,...
> >>>
> >>Heh. I find it curious you said you didn't see my project as having
> >>any great use, yet you acknowledge what seems like extensive use of
> >>a PIM that likely does much the same thing as my application.
> >
> > I am no doubt guilty of overlooking your application, as well.
> > I plead ignorance brought on by overload.
> >
> > What does your application do, again?
> Well, you could hardly be guilty as it's not yet available and
> there's precious little documentation either. I'll certainly
> be announcing it far and wide as it matures. Only the stout
> of stomach would want a copy just yet.
> Ceryle is an open source Java-based application under Apache-
> style license. It's designed to assist authors in the
> organization of research materials, targeted at authors of both
> fiction and non-fiction. My particular interest is historical
> fiction, so it will at least serve my needs (we are sometimes
> selfish beasts). It includes editing facilities, a database,
> a graph visualization feature, as well as image mapping (so
> that a position or area on an image can become the queryable
> subject. Think: locations on maps as subjects.
> In a nutshell, technologically-speaking, Ceryle uses a Xindice
> native XML database to store all content. This includes a base
> authoring ontology (which can be modified by an author) which
> is used to categorize individual nodes of content. These nodes
> are stored in Xindice Collections, such that the author can
> create collections named as according to their own ideas of
> categories. The nodes in the authoring ontology are visualized
> in a TouchGraph graph display, so that the node contents can
> be located by browsing the graph or via search, the search
> allowing for some level of graph traversal (so that a search
> on "Matterhorn" would also return "fuzzy" connections to other
> categories' nodes by virtue of their distance from the search
> category, graph-wise).
> It's in some ways like InfoSelect except for the ontology-based
> approach. Given that the ontology and the population of the
> database is done by the author, there shouldn't be too difficult
> a disconnect between the ontology and the author's thinking.
> Murray
> ......................................................................
> Murray Altheim                  <http://kmi.open.ac.uk/people/murray/>
> Knowledge Media Institute
> The Open University, Milton Keynes, Bucks, MK7 6AA, UK
>       If it wants to be a global power and a player in the
>       Atlantic alliance, Europe has to get back into the
>       business of making war. -- Newsweek Magazine, June 3, 2002    (03)