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March 16, 2000

03 00050 61 00031603

Mr. John Hogden
Los Alamos National Laboratory
MS B265
Los Alamos, NM 87545

Subject:   Information on SDS Linking

Dear John,

Thanks for your letter this morning expressing interest in SDS and Communication Metrics, as proposed in my letter yesterday.

Your letter this morning suggests reviewing the Lab's web location.

I did this on March 14 and found possible common ground on objectives and capabilities, which led to the initial letter to you.

You asked this morning about how links are created by SDS.

Linking is simplified by the SDS program, per the explanation in the record for today.

However, the real engine of knowledge is the core concept of integrating time and information to produce a web of connected chronologies on related context. It provides a microscope on the complexity of human thinking, essentially looking into the subconscious mind at connections long forgotten, but which impact our work and the results we achieve everyday. My sense is that your work in DKM, and in Complex Systems Modeling can help advance this capability.

Per your request, I am sending a copy of this letter to Cliff Joslyn, which links to the letter to you yesterday showing more detail on what you reviewed that may fit the Lab's objectives.

The next step is to look at the underlying SDS program, and discuss whether there might be some real potential to partner. If you have some people in the Bay Area, maybe in Livermore, who can perhaps take a preliminary look, that might save time and expense.

Thanks again for your time and interest.



Rod Welch

  1. Cliff Joslyn