In the SocialLearn project here at the OU [fledgling site
], we are developing an API for "Social Learning"... think Google's OpenSocial, but tailored for learning in social networks.
This is all under wraps at present, but we might ask what does it mean to create a sensemaking API? Is this really the same as a learning API, which might allow you to share learning objectives via Twitter, Facebook and SN-tool XYZ?
Or is this more specifically an IBIS API, or an API grounded in some other set of discourse/interpretive moves that are deemed central to sensemaking?
Do we need ONE SM-API, or is that a fruitless quest for the Holy Grail a la seeking THE master ontology. Instead, is it much more appropriate to think of a thousand APIs with people joining up a thousand sensemaking tools in whatever way seems useful? In which case, can coherence still emerge? Hmmm...