Fixed, Fluid and Finding

(Teodora Petkova via @lucacorsato | #SemanticWeb)

I discovered the intriguing, category defying blog of Teodora Petkova via her post Semantic Web, Relationships and a Piece of Conceptual art . This was a fascinating enough article in itself a philosophical, textual musing on the Semantic Web but the whole blog was full of great writing about texts, things and the relationships between them.

Her exploration of intertextuality reminded me of Peter Morville’s latest book Intertwingled and the growing critical interest not just in text or content but the inviting space between them where meaningful connections live. I am sure the Libraries and Publishing in an Information Society folk on #citylis will be getting their teeth into Brave New Texts over the coming weeks.

The idea that “we write is only a small part of the whole process of creating new forms of relationships” fits well with Ernesto’s metaphor that trying to fix documents in the more fluid world of hypertext is like ‘pinning butterflies’. For my #LISF essay I read an interesting article David Levy wrote on the subject of document stability: Fixed or fluid?: document stability and new media and some of the challenges new media forms with different dimensions of fluidity that require different “technologies of fixity” pose for publishers, libraries and information services.

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Alison Pope

I spend my working life creating maps and models of invisible, intangible things such as ideas, concepts, organisation structures, systems, information, software and cultures. I'm currently working for the University of Reading as a Business Analyst and on a PhD thesis proposal.

One thought on “Fixed, Fluid and Finding”

  1. Hi Alison!
    Thank you so much for the mention and for reading my blog. The things text, web and their intersections are becoming increasingly intriguing. I am now looking at them from a perspective I found via Ted Nelson and further in the book Machines of Loving Grace. And this perspective is: computing is not about computers 🙂 It is about empowering us to do awesome things. Together.
    See you around the Web!
    teodora

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