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Doing a thesis project "Hypermedia Discourse Federation" at KMi with Simon Buckingham Shum, Clara Mancini, and Geoffrey Bowker. Worked on the CALO project at SRI.
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Multi-option Technical Facilitation of Public Debate Eliciting consensus nationally and internationally

Possibilities suggested by the Grand Débat in France

Current multi-platform technical viability and costs

Eliciting insights from the public via debate

Technical facilitation of insight capture and processing

Enabling consensual articulation --…


Posted on January 16, 2019 at 19:28

Towards an Apollo Moon Landing-style Effort

It seems to me that the time is ripe to mount an effort roughly the equivalent of the Apollo Mission, but not the way the Apollo Mission was handled. Consider this possibility:

In comparison to the hierarchical command/control model in play which arguably worked spectacularly well during the moon landings, it is now possible to think of a network topology which is not a rooted tree; rather, a graph of well-federated efforts to bring as many people on this planet (stakeholders) into…


Posted on November 21, 2014 at 18:08 — 1 Comment

Experiments with collaboration platform design

I've been accumulating thoughts at

and am starting to craft a platform which serves as a framework for experimentation. The platform is called TQPortal, and a prototype is online (on a creaky old server at my home) here.  This is the first platform I put online that is supported by a full topic map rather than…


Posted on August 28, 2014 at 17:07

Anthony Judge: Musings on global sensemaking

Anthony Judge's latest seems like a launching pad for musing on the topic of sensemaking.  I suspect that that article, together with links from it, serve as talking points for deep thinking about sensemaking.

Posted on December 16, 2012 at 14:43

Condos in the Big Data Knowledge Garden

My slides for a presentation are now up here.

The presentation is for the Big Data Science meetup, Saturday, 12 May, 2012.

Posted on May 8, 2012 at 23:50

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At 15:10 on April 4, 2008, David Price said…
Hi Jack,

Welcome to the group, and thanks for sending the Just-in-Time Learning paper (to which I'll respond properly over the weekend).

At 19:37 on April 4, 2008, David Price said…
Thanks for the question Jack - and the GENIS project is welcome to use the iframe facility wherever the team judges it useful to do so.

The iframes embedded on the blog are created using the Share link at the bottom of the Dashboard, which saves the currently displayed strand as a static "snapshot" file—with the file URL and the Embed code displayed on the page and the View live button providing the direct link to the map. Not displaying the live URL on the static page is an idiosyncrasy that's on our list to fix soon.

The Direct URL is in the form of query string:, where:

X = the # number displayed on the element at the top of the desired strand.
Y = the # number displayed on the selected Focus element.
Z = the number displayed on Select view button (minus 1).

At 22:24 on April 4, 2008, Jack Park said…

for a DebateGraph Climate Debate imported into a topic map.
At 22:37 on April 4, 2008, David Price said…
Great to see the collaborative process under way!
At 2:28 on April 27, 2008, George E. Mobus said…
Hi Jack.

This is shaping up to be an dynamite discussion. Look forward to getting in depth.

At 2:29 on April 27, 2008, Maarten Sierhuis said…

I believe you're working with Adam Cheyer at SRI, not? Are you guys doing anything with, or have you thought about Compendium and Agents?

Doei ... MXS
At 17:09 on May 10, 2008, George E. Mobus said…
The water under the bridge metaphor is the sense I'm getting from some of what I have seen on this site. My idea was born in what seemed a virtual vacuum at the time. I then started researching structured discourse and came across a group in New Jersey (if memory serves) and IBIS, of course. But it does look like the idea was in the air and a number of folks were thinking along the same lines.

But I haven't seen anything addressing the scaling issues that I had been interested in. Namely using LSA to bundle consensus thinking and memory trace forgetting to prune the topic tree. I'd also like to know if the topic tree backbone idea imposes more structure (just the right amount of structure) than is typically found in IBIS derived mapping methods.

I don't know if this group wants to get into those kinds of issues, or even if there is a publication venue that I should consider for a trial balloon paper.

By 'sensemaking forge' are you meaning a general purpose platform that might have larger uses than global wicked issue exploration?

At 18:41 on May 10, 2008, George E. Mobus said…
Thanks for the feedback Jack. I will take a look at your site.

So much to explore!

At 21:55 on June 4, 2008, Jeff Conklin said…
Hi Jack,
I've just created a subgroup for Bay Area folks who might want to take advantage of our regional colocation. If your interested please go to the Groups tab and join the 'SF Bay Area' group.
At 15:03 on July 6, 2008, Lévy Pierre said…
Sorry for the triviality of the remark Jack, but any time when I look at your photos on your page with Safari, I,m obliged to reboot my computer

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