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What if I drew Tologix in the sand?

Starting to communicate something that is both technical and creative is difficult. Sure, if it is just a couple thoughts and ideas in a blog it’s simple, but writing about the start of something that is going to change the way we look and interact with knowledge… well, that is a challenge.

In a world of ubiquitous information, the issue of overload is understood. In a world of ubiquitous access to that very information, the challenge of efficiency is apparent.

Given the aforementioned, is it safe to say our appetite for knowledge is only satisfied when we are full? – or is it that we become increasingly satisfied when there is no more time to allocate to the consumption of that very information?

To help understand where I am going with this, perhaps its better if we start small, very small, with something we can all relate to.

Like many, as a young child I was curious about discovering new things. Once some of those things were discovered, I moved on and looked to discover even newer things, effectively building knowledge from the past. This sentiment of erudition holds true for many of us, as we all continue to grow and direct our efforts to achieve through progression.

Lets take it back to an example of playing in the sand as a young child. Similar to myself, you should be able to recall first looking at sand with interest. Considering and learning from the landscape. Digging. Discovering. Uncovering various levels, building and experimenting. Watching and learning how things worked together, learning what one could do with structure and form … yes, this was just the beginning.

Today, I don’t find myself playing in sand, as at some point I learned that sand is just sand, and that spending all day playing isn’t a good use of ones time – something any professional would agree with.

Enter the Internet.

Although I can talk metaphorically about how the Internet is like a vast desert expanse, with various flows of sand that exist, for their own purpose, with their own history, with their own depth… the challenge remains on how we classify and categorize the sand at any point in time, as it moves, connects and forms new shape, takes on new meaning, and expresses newfound knowledge built from those whom have visited it before.

If the Internet is a desert, at one point we were looking, collecting, and remembering the sand [web 1.0]; then we started to share and tell people what we saw so friends could contribute to our sandbox [web 2.0]; and finally, a new challenge emerged on how to share our amassed knowledge and experiences with that sand, through a method of classification and structuring, where we could effectively build something that someone else could pick up and reference, any point in time [web 3.0].

These newly created relationships are called “Ontologies” and have a specific interest or classification, across a specific domain or subject matter, that allows one to then apply personal or artificial reasoning and/or interpretation that others have transcribed. With this transferred “Logic” one can apply intelligence to understand through varying degrees of inference, concepts that possess, with specific attributes and relations.

It is within these knowledge assets that people can more easily understand you, and/or your area of expertise. Consider it something you can pass on and leave behind. Something someone can reference and understand at any point in time, to do with what they want, in whatever context they see fit.

No longer do we have flat traditional publishing.
No longer do we have simple hypertext data links.

Instead, today we have the ability to provide a level of depth to data that allows both practitioners and publishers to catalogue and index information where relevance can be modeled and extracted in highly accessible, protected, environments.

People are going to change the way they interact with the sand.
Business is going to change the way information goes in a box.

With Tologix Software, practitioners within specific bodies of knowledge can build ‘ontologies’ with applied ‘logic’ – the granular essence and origin of ‘tologix’.

This is tomorrows publishing, today.


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