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Re: Arch Doc: 18 Sep: abstract

From: Sandro Hawke <sandro@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 25 Sep 2003 23:40:19 -0400
Message-Id: <200309260340.h8Q3eJM8017561@roke.hawke.org>
To: "Roy T. Fielding" <fielding@apache.org>
Cc: www-archive@w3.org

> >>> I don't know what Dr. Shirky thinks "information space" is, but the
> >>> fact that he puts scare quotes around it, and covers it under
> >>> visualization, suggests he's using it differently from the TAG.
> >>
> >> No.  The notion of an information space and how to visualize such
> >> a space are two related topics.  Here is a cool example
> >>
> >>     http://www.cybergeography.org/atlas/info_maps.html
> >>
> >> where they show maps (visualizations) of different information spaces.
> >
> > Wow, some very nice pictures.  I'd seen a few of them before.  I don't
> > see that page's usage supporting the TAG's usage, where information
> > spaces are *not* necessarily related to visualization.
> 
> Sandro, they are two topics: one is the space, the other is visualizing
> that space.  That page says it is talking about maps of information
> spaces. 

Yeah, sorry.   I didn't really notice that phrasing until about 20
seconds after hitting send.   Arg.

> That is just like the AAA handing out maps of physical roads,
> though a bit harder to visualize because the geography isn't forced
> into a mostly-flat-spherical plane. The relations within and between
> information create a space.  This *is* a common term in the area of
> Web architecture and it should be used when appropriate.
>
> Please, can we just be a tad less oversensitive about ontologies
> on this list? 
>
> Half the time I can't carry on even the most trivial
> conversations with other TAG members without being interrupted.

Well, I didn't know what an "information space" was (not in any useful
sense), and I couldn't find out through Google, FOLDOC, or Wikipedia.
That seemed worth reporting.   I should have done it that more
clearly.  

(I'm still not being offered a definition that makes sense to me, but
I don't need to waste your time on that.  I'm taking this to off-list
archive space as a token gesture towards not interrupting the TAG.)

    -- sandro
Received on Thursday, 25 September 2003 23:39:46 GMT

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