From the readwrite web
"Social networking is at a major fork in the road. Down one road is adding more features to a walled garden and opening up just enough, so that users seldom need to leave. Most sites are going down this yellow brick road and the prize is clearly a big one. But they may end up back in Kansas. Down the other road, lies a future of being the primary repository for your connections (aka the social graph), but with this data available via open APIs to anybody who needs it. That is a utility type model, and as with any utility, it can be hugely valuable at scale."
I think that paragraph speaks to options for a platform
for collective sensemaking. My TopicSpaces project looks and feels like a walled garden since it is being crafted with all the applications it needs to stand alone in service of knowledge federation. But, slowly, it is taking on Web services such that soon it will be able to interoperate with Cohere, DebateGraph, and even Compendium (for now, through XML file import and export). Many individuals have suggested that I look at Web services in the past; their foresight has been valuable. I am imagining that this group will eventually be responsible for the creation of many specialized sensemaking tools such as Cohere, each of which will be components in a global sensemaking platform.
BTW, a recent note suggests that the Drupal community is well aware of this and building plugs and sockets.
- PHP / Drupal;
- Ruby / Rails;
- Python / Plone;
- Java / ?
- ? / ?
and that providing support for those specifically targeted at improving SenseMaking thru better platform-tools communication (eg, Drupal to Cohere) and better inter-platform collaboration (Plone site to GS tools site, or Rails site team to Drupal site team) would improve the ecosystem generally.
Could broad outlook on the Al Gore level be persuaded to see that funding such an effort would provide significant improvement in meeting environment/energy/economics challenge?