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My passion is to facilitate the creation of intuitive, powerful software tools that enable stakeholders to engage in meaningful dialogue and debate around wicked problems, whether face-to-face or asynchronously over the Net.

This requires not only computing infrastructure and high quality user interfaces, but new literacies for reading and writing networks of ideas, moving us out of the print era into network-native practices for sensemaking in fields such as science, policy, emergency response, and international development.

I have used tools such as Compendium to capture multi-stakeholder discussions with organisations including the UN International Labour Organisation (HIV/AIDS in the Workplace Programme), NASA (Mobile Agents Mars fieldtrials), World Vision (LEAP Programme), DARPA (Personnel Recovery Operations), and many computing research consortia/meetings.

My background is in ergonomics, human-centred computing, the capture of design rationale, and argument mapping.
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Open review invited: Scientific Discourse on the Semantic Web: A Survey of Models and Enabling Technologies

You may like to see that a survey article on modelling scientific discourse has just been posted on the Semantic Web Journal website:

Following their progressive open peer review model, the community… Continue

Posted on November 18, 2010 at 16:00

ODET 2010: Online Deliberation Emerging Tools workshop

I ran a workshop last week in Leeds prior to the Online Deliberation conference.

Screencasts and slides showing the current state of some of the leading computer-supported deliberation/argumentation tools, plus dialogue maps from the discussions and major challenges that we identified:… Continue

Posted on July 8, 2010 at 10:10

Compendium concept demo: emergency response

The EPSRC-funded Advanced Knowledge Technologies Consortium ran 2000-06. The final demonstrator of all the technologies coming together centred on an emergency response scenario. Compendium served as the sensemaking hub around an aircraft crash on London, envisioning how a response coordination team might use Compendium overlaid on a GIS, to keep track of events and actions, in concert with a diverse set of AKT semantic web services.

I’ve just got… Continue

Posted on February 9, 2010 at 21:59

Contested Collective Intelligence

Anna De Liddo and I will be presenting this concept to the CI workshop at CSCW 2010 next month...

De Liddo , A. and Buckingham Shum, S. (2010). Cohere: A Prototype for Contested Collective Intelligence. Workshop on Collective Intelligence in Organizations: Toward a Research Agenda, ACM Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW 2010), February 6-10, 2010, Savannah, Georgia, USA. Available as ePrint:… Continue

Posted on January 26, 2010 at 16:48

Mozilla extension adds web annotation to Cohere

Some of you may be interested to play with the new release of our Mozilla extension for Cohere, which adds highlighting and annotation to Firefox/Flock, but with the addition of more reflective, sensemaking elements:

* Clips are highlighted text fragments (and in future video hopefully) to provide more precise link anchors and to direct visual attention

* margin notes are in fact what we call Ideas, first… Continue

Posted on January 17, 2010 at 18:42

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