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EISPP research discoveries for Education?

From: Brent Shambaugh <brent.shambaugh@gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Oct 2020 13:02:49 -0500
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To: Credentials Community Group <public-credentials@w3.org>
I participated in many great discussions during the Internet Identity
Workshop. I'm thankful to Kim Duffy encouragement and support throughout
the year, and
her willingness to entertain abstract concepts like category theory. She
was one of the few that showed up to my session, and the only one that
stuck around
to try to trick out what happend to be in our brains at the moment. As I am
looking more at the education space I realize there is a desire to find
connections and
find patterns in data. It isn't just about tying credentials to the
blockchain, or even trying to make them interoperate, a word that is thrown
around so
much that I am unsure of its meaning. I do still have a feeling category
theory could help due to my interactions with the stunningly brilliant
minds throughout
the year, but in this message I'm stepping back. I remember I put together
some wireframes for an enterprise information system for peer production
due to
my own frustrations with the educational system, finding people with like
interests to collaborate with, and general frustrations with finding

You could say it started with my inspiration from people building open
source fusion reactors in 2008. I recognized the need for onboarding new
people in this hobbyist
arena, and the realization that jumping into the forums was challenging due
to the disorder of information. I proposed a quiz website:

Later, by early 2011, my ideas had evolved to thinking about things more in
terms of relations and graphs.

By late 2011, I discovered the hackerspace movement. I enjoyed the chaotic
environment and the stigmergic collaboration that occured. I thought that
what really was important were the relationships and allowing people to
discover those relationships, but also be able to survive because we all
have a finite amount of time. Doing one thing we love takes away from other
things we could be doing
to survive unless we develop a system to get others to do them.

I featured the concept of a hackerspace very early on in my blog,
http://adistributedeconomy.blogspot.com/ , and then presented more than
once. Here is one of my collections
of slides that was like it:
http://bshambaugh.org/A_New_Global_Network_Edit_5.pdf (credit to the
Disapora project for some of the images).

This also led to activities with the public-linked-data and semantic-web
public-webpayments lists, where I met many people. Learning from them and
many of the papers and resources
freely available on the internet allowed me to come up with a document for
a Peer-to-Peer Enterprise Platform. http://bshambaugh.org/Master_17.html .
To contextualize ideas from myself and
others I developed a series of wireframes (Enterprise Information System
for Peer Production): http://bshambaugh.org/eispp/ , which I then chose to
animate their use by applying
to concept of storyboarding to make short animations:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbVZNfQhcZ3eG_nbgKbC1KKtMXlIjnEsd .

I realized that I had covered a vast swath of area, and it had tremendous
As a relative novice, I was forced to break things into chunks. One of my
many subprojects was http://bshambaugh.org/MNDF_Project.html . Many more
are on Github, YouTube, or mentioned in the EISPP document.

Five years ago was when I published EISPP animations to the web. They may
be dated in some respects. Self-sovereign identity and verifiable
credentials were not in there, but the
concept of identity and distributed and decentralized systems was.

I'm open to talk about this more:
(EISPP wireframe animations). I believe it is education focused. Some of
the technologies can be used anywhere.

More recently, Marko Rodriguez (Apache Tinkerpop / Gremlin) and Ryan
Wisnesky made me aware of how category theory might apply to graphs, but
also the virtual machine that they are
working on may help systems work better together in general. seeAlso:
Joshua Shinaver and the Dragon project at Uber, algebraic property graphs.
Not RDF, but graphs.

Please let me know if any of this does not fall in line with:


Brent Shambaugh
Received on Friday, 23 October 2020 18:03:17 UTC

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