Putting Context Into Knowledge

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Presentation for a talk on the future of libraries Manchester May 5 2011; http://www.ryderarchitecture.com/#news Focus on Learner-generated Digital Libraries and a post-enlightenment project of putting context into knowledge


  • 1.Learner-Generated Digital Libraries

2. Putting Context Into Knowledge 3. Whatcontextare we in? The first knowledge artefact of our culture was amap Over 60,000 years ago people living in Russia, actually a Viking term, had one such They used them to remember food locations 4. Sing asongof knowledge 5. Out of Africa But the little Ice Age 25,000 years ago changed the way we related to a newly harsh environment; And gave us a materialist epistemology; we became creator gods 6. Wall Paintings 7. Let Civilisation begin So we began the history of recording knowledge.As Dawkins said, everyone alive today came from an ancestor who succeeded in living And our ancestors hadparticularknowledge 8. Into Jericho The vagaries of whoowned the fruits of emerging agriculture practice lead usout of theplains& intoproperty & then property rightsWe learnt how tomeasuresuccess 9. From Pictographs to Symbolic Language 10. Let Bureaucracy begin In the Beginning was theWord Religion became the repository of knowledge And Books appeared, stores of recorded knowledge & property 11. Let Academia appear Socrates, the undisputed star of Platos Academy, opposed written knowledge The design of the Academy almost changed that; building, orchard, gymnasium. But the Romans cut down the trees & cut out learning conversations 12. Lets Drink A Draft of Print 13. Enter mechanical innovations Innovations occur when a new invention,type , is added to existing tools; wine press, paper, symbols, fonts, metals, ink And mashups maketh new 14. Its aHeliocentricWorld! And then that mercantile opportunist, Galileo, pointed his telescope speculativelyat the stars Instead of speculatively at the merchant navy And changed professions 15. Enter the Enlightenment Meet Catherine the Great Dad Peter went shipbuilding in DeptfordCatherinewas smarterTo The HermitageIn St Petersburg 16. When Catherine met Denis 17. Then Charles met Ada 18. Lets Lighten Up Meet Aria Giovanni 19. When Jimmy met Aria Jimmy Wales made his money from the hyper-linked Bomis Web RingsStarring Aria Giovanni Sex enabled the crowd-sourced digital mashup of encyclopedias Wikipedia 20. Yet women moved from Philosopher Queens to Porn Queens during the Enlightenment! Or is that a 21. Artificial Intelligence Ducks 22. The Book of Laughter & Forgetting But as Joseph Weizenbaum asks W hy this obsession with storing everything? The really good thing about the brain is its ability to forget Time to move on 23. PuttingContextintoKnowledge So I am not arguing for a post- physicalvirtual project of taking books out of libraries I am calling for a post- Enlightenmentproject of taking the hierarchy out of knowledge Lets put context into knowledge SoContext is Queen 24. Taking the hierarchy out of knowledge So what do have to offer? The unlibrary & if:Book Transliteracy/Participatory Culture Everything is Miscellaneous Ambient Learning City#mosialong The Human Knowledge Project 25. The #unlibrary Crouch End 26. #Transliteracy 27. Participatory Culture 28. Everything is Miscellaneous 29. Ambient Learning City Uses Emergent Model of Learning; Non-linear dynamic systems So learning responsive to context Systems-designed for use & appropriation by learners Wifi-enabled learning conversations Follow #mosialong #contextisqueen 30. The Human Knowledge Project 31. Conclusion; Time to move onUnderstandhow knowledge grew from various historical contexts What we know, Academia, IPR & the Enlightenment are all TemporarilyUseful EccentricitiesCreatenew context-responsive tools for new forms of participation Designknowledge for context & appropriation by citizens 32. Links David Weinberger;Everything is Miscellaneous(YouTube) Siva Vaidhyanathan;The Googlization of Everything(Blog) Daniel Levitin;The World in Six Songs(WebSite) Clay Shirkey;Here Comes Everybody(RSA talk Video) Joseph Weizenbaum;Computer Power & Human Reason(Wikipedia) Henry Jenkins;Convergence Culture (Blog) Blake Morrison;Testament of Johannes Gutenberg(Website) Sue Thomas;Transliteracy(Vimeo) Fred Garnett;Emergent Learning Model(The Heutagogic Archive Blog) Images; Google Search & Wikipedia; Vaucanson, Babbage, Lovelace 33. Learner-Generated Digital Libraries