Federating a Research Article

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A researcher discovers something that (he realizes) has potential to induce paradigm shifts in other disciplines and in the culture at large. But to give that possibility a chance, his result will need to be federated, which before all means 'expressed in a language that is accessible to non-professionals.' In a knowledge federation this task is taken up by a federation of knowledge workers – which includees a variety of skills and talents – for idea mapping, video, story telling etc. What is presented here is an idea sketch of such a procedure and its results.

If we look at what goes on here through the jurry trial metaphor, then the federators are here in the role of attorneys, preparing the case for the trial together with the client. The first need is, of course, to be understood.

Starting from a text with expression such as one:

we arrived at a phenomenological model expressed in an accessible visual metaphor:

The model is almost self-explanatory: There is an 'antenna' sending information; our job is to 'turn on' the reception, tune in and make sure that the signal has sufficient amplitude to be heard. Of course, what exactly those things mean is the subject of the DR result. The details are beyond the scope of this text.

In the above picture we also see an illustration of a navigation structure – the elements in the diagram can be clicked on, which brings us to the section in the article where the details are given; those sections are suitably annotated. (This is currently implemented only for elements #2 and #6.)

Furthermore, the Compendium tool is applied to elements in this picture to obtain a path for further clarification and verification. Links from the Compendium map lead to additional resources such as definitions, and to excerpts from dialogs with the author, which can be clicked on and heard.

All this is of course only place holders, whose purpose is to point at possibilities that still need to be developed.

The overall effect is that we have turned the article into a multimedia object, where on the bottom level we have the research article(s), and on the high level we have media material communicating the essential findings to general public. What is in between is a structure linking those two views.

On an even higher level (the PDF document below begins with this highest-level view) we come up with a collection of exported ideas:

More about this in the next module.


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