This is forwarded from Jon Ippolito, apologies for delay.
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> From: Jon Ippolito <[log in to unmask]>
> Date: 27 April 2008 00:26:57 BST
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> Subject: ThoughtMesh
> I think Armin is quite right that academics are largely out of the
> loop of networked culture and risk becoming increasingly isolated for
> this reason. (I'd like to participate in Armin's TheNextLayer project
> but am unsure how and where to make
> For my part I have been working with Craig Dietrich on ThoughtMesh, an
> unusual model for publishing and discovering scholarly papers online.
> It gives readers a tag-based navigation system that uses keywords to
> connect excerpts of essays published on
> different Web sites.
> Add your essay to the mesh, and ThoughtMesh gives you a traditional
> navigation menu plus a tag cloud that enables nonlinear access to text
> excerpts. You can navigate across excerpts both within the original
> essay and from related essays distributed
> across the mesh.
> So let's say you are reading an essay on Modern art. You can pick a
> single word out of that essay's tag cloud--say Picasso--and view a
> list of all the sections from that essay that relate to Picasso. Or
> you can view a list of sections of other
> articles tagged with Picasso, and jump right to one of those sections.
> You can also combine tags to narrow your search, such as Picasso +
> Cubism + 1900.
> As an author, you can choose to post your essay in a central
> repository hosted by the Vectors program at USC, the sponsor of this
> project. Or you can self-archive your essay on your own Web site.
> (That's the "distributed publication" part.)
> All you need is an essay with sections and about 15 minutes.
> ThoughtMesh already includes articles by writers like Roger Malina,
> Christiane Paul, Alex Galloway, and many others. Craig and I are eager
> for more folks to try it; email me if you'd like
Beryl Graham, Professor of New Media Art
School of Arts, Design, Media and Culture, University of Sunderland
Tel: +44 191 515 2896 [log in to unmask]
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