More and more as I explore the technical and cultural explorations of modern information - that of smart-mobs, ubiquitous connectivity, information spaces - I increasingly find frustration with how information, or knowledge, is mapped to the requiring technologies.
Even looking at the excellent concept of the semantic web (SIMILE), still the underlying concept is that one must first ‘find’ the information, and catalogue it with pseudo-data (tags). It is then grouped and connected as required; in order to retrieve that data, again the starting point is the ubiquitous Search field.
Our whole concept of digital data, as should be expected, is built on the centuries-old data modelling concepts of the book; the library where one must manually create the connections between data that are required. The potential, therefore, is always to leave some stones unturned.
The information revolution, in my experience and view, has not yet happened. We’ve had the digital revolution (the oft-quoted Dot.Com boom and bust); and we’re having the communications revolution; but information is still as it always has been. We have digitised our data only to make it as difficult and complex (if not more so) to catalogue, explore and use than it was in the pre-digital.
Somewhere in this mist, I am beginning to see the concepts of my final project form…