This site (KMI) certainly fascinates me. We see here an integration of knowledge
management and learning along the full gamut of R&D and application. One wonders
how the work of Bootstrap volunteeras and SRI may fit in or relate to all this.
There seems to be a lot of experience and momentum there. The D3E format for
publishing on the Internet does seem a bit bewildering at first sight, but still
seems to be worth considering. (If only I could cope with the explosion of
things to be comprehended.)
Have you also seen "The Rhetoric of a Rhetoric Website: Inquiry, Pedagogy, and
Scholarship" by Gideon O. Burton?
Quoting from its abstract: "In order to serve the multiple purposes of inquiry,
pedagogy, and scholarship, certain basic rhetorical concepts must be closely
observed within the web environment, including arrangement and delivery
organization and presentation of information), and audience (addressing both
specialized and general audiences imultaneously). This requires a familiarity
with those features of web design, access, and promotion that can enhance or an
detract from each of these purposes. Attending to those rhetorical principles
and features can lead to the most roductive exposure of web information, can
improve the usefulness of web information for teaching purposes, and can
promote the professional validation of scholarly web publication. Research,
teaching, and scholarship should have a oductive and dynamic inter-relationship,
and the creation of an academic website can significantly aid that relationship
if the properties of this medium are understood and respected "
The addressing both specialized and general audiences simultaneously is
precisely what we are struggling with on this website. This in addition to
a. Augmentation tools (computers) and what they are intended to augment (minds),
b. Specific tool development (i.q. OHS) and its application to complex, urgent
societal problems on a world scale.
I am overwhelmed to the point of impotency by the impossibly huge smorgasbord of
things to evaluate and apply (and often wish that more agile minds would take
the Bootstrap webmaster's job over from me). Maybe the work at the Open
University's Knowledge Media Institute offers a way out. Sigh.
Jack Park wrote:
> Visit http://d3e.open.ac.uk/ <http://d3e.open.ac.uk/> and see what you
> think. The more I look at this system, the more I think it is a good
> package to begin doing online collab stuff with.
> A version of it can be viewed at
> <http://d3e.open.ac.uk/compendium/00/OpenForum/> which, by the way, happens
> to be about Compendium, another online "sense-making" system.
> d3e appears to be available for non-profits, like bootstrap.org (I think).
> It might be worth installing a copy.
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