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Re: Arch Doc: 18 Sep: abstract

From: Roy T. Fielding <fielding@apache.org>
Date: Thu, 25 Sep 2003 19:14:17 -0700
Cc: "Bullard, Claude L (Len)" <clbullar@ingr.com>, "'Tim Berners-Lee'" <timbl@w3.org>, "Ian B. Jacobs" <ij@w3.org>, www-tag@w3.org
To: Sandro Hawke <sandro@w3.org>
Message-Id: <2194170E-EFC7-11D7-AF9A-000393753936@apache.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.  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.

....Roy
Received on Thursday, 25 September 2003 22:22:10 GMT

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