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A person-friendly web of information exchange

Context

People communicate in myriad ways. We have channels of information taking various forms such as encyclopedias, dictionaries, maps, photo albums, journals, letters, postcards, and more. Often, information exists in separate realms, and is difficult to combine. This, in turn, makes it difficult to create into rich and evolving forms.

Needs

People need an information tool(kit) that is easy to use. There needs to be little separation, or contortion, from working directly with the information we wish to remix and share.

Motivation

We need to reward activities such as

  • improvement of existing commonwealth resources,
  • removing barriers to access
  • providing usefulness and/or relevance.

This, while filtering and discouraging abusive behaviour.

The Challenge

Create an open source interface that abstracts the complexities of API/data management. Enable people of all skills and abilities to create graphs and composite views of information from many sources.

The Interface

People will select information types and sources, and then connect the information on a canvas to create a composite display. These composites can be bundled and shared as well as embedded within other composite displays, in modular fashion.

Operations

The system might consist of modules to work with data. Generally speaking, there are at least three primary categories of modules.

Query

Make request(s) for information, about the condition of information, and search for relevance.

Transform

Once information is located it may need to be modified, combined, filtered, etc.

Render

Information may be rendered in at many stages of the process and in many forms, such as documents, tables, graphs, and multimedia output.

Inspiration

Brett Victor‘s work on interface design, and presentations such as Learnable Programming.

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