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DIARY: March 8, 2003 01:53 PM Saturday;
OHS/DKR team communicating again on the Internet.
........MyLifeBits Microsoft KM Project Like OHS/DKR
2...Learning KM for Developing OHS/DKR
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Quiet No Activity on DKR Project, Eric Project
Re-birth New Activity on DKR Project Quiet for Several Months Suddenl
0504 - ..
0505 - Summary/Objective
050601 - Follow up ref SDS 32 0000.
050603 - Today, there were six (6) or so letters that suddenly appeared on the
050604 - OHS/DKR email list after several months of almost no activity. A
050605 - similar interruption of work occured in 2000 and was awakened by a
050606 - letter from Eric Armstrong on 000927. ref SDS 8 0001
050608 - ..
050609 - I had the impression there was a lot of activity on another website
050610 - sponsored by Eugene Kim.
050612 - ..
050613 - Submitted ref DIT 1 0001 responding to new correspondence that has
050614 - suddenly appeared on the OHS/DKR project....
050616 - 1. Glad to see OHS/DKR coming to life as spring nears, with six
050617 - (6) or so new letters after several months of little to no
050618 - activity.
050620 - ..
050621 - 2. On 000927 Eric Armstrong wrote asking why things had been so
050622 - "quiet" for a week or so, ref DIT 1 CU5O, on communication
050623 - about OHS/DKR. ref SDS 8 0001
050625 - ..
050626 - 3. This thought occurred recently in recognizing things have been
050627 - "quiet" the past few months following the holidays. I checked
050628 - the obituaries and was relieved to see OHS/DKR was not listed,
050629 - and now today suddenly a whole flurry of letters came in
050630 - suggesting things are springing back to life. ref DIT 1 CU6L
050632 - ..
050633 - 4. That's what happened in 2000. After Eric's letter, Eugene Kim
050634 - wrote on 000928, ref DIT 1 VW7I, explaining work going on for
050635 - development of the OHS/DKR. ref SDS 9 569N
050637 - ..
050638 - 5. Soon, Doug published guidance on 001025 for a launch plan,
050639 - ref SDS 11 G3W8, that illustrated how to put links in documents
050640 - on the Internet, ref SDS 11 00VU, and everyone was off and
050641 - running. ref DIT 1 NX8G In fact, Eric was ahead of schedule.
050642 - On 001017, even before the launch plan came out, Eric reported
050643 - significant progress. ref SDS 10 IO6J, and a little later on
050644 - 001121 he urged others to contribute because the OHS/DKR work
050645 - is so critical. ref SDS 12 LM7H
050647 - ..
050648 - 6. Following Eric's example, Eugene Kim contributed strong
050649 - leadership on 001126, ref DIT 1 U84G, by urging folks to
050650 - implement Doug's launch plan using available tools with greater
050651 - diligence. ref SDS 13 QW8I, and noting particularly Doug's call
050652 - for linking in email. ref SDS 13 XV8L
050654 - ..
050655 - 7. This showed good progress maintaining alignment because a lot
050656 - of experience shows that people, organizations and even entire
050657 - cultures drift off course due to "meaning drift." ref DIT 1
050658 - V65I Eugene's incite reminding everyone to follow Doug's lead
050659 - by aligning communication and work on the OHS/DKR code with the
050660 - Launch Plan was powerful medicine for keeping on track. At
050661 - that time, Grant Bowman pointed out that putting links in email
050662 - is not that easy. He asked are people are supposed to change
050663 - their tools from familiar ways everybody likes. ref SDS 13 X8PW
050665 - ..
050666 - 8. At that point, Eugene went to work and on 010131 notified of
050667 - good news that he developed new tools, ref DIT 1 GA6L, which
050668 - Grant and everyone can use to follow advice for implementing
050669 - Doug's call to link things up. ref SDS 14 XZ8G,
050671 - ..
050672 - 9. Well, the rest is history. Soon Jack Park had Nexist going to
050673 - improve education and help people with story telling through
050674 - narratology. ref DIT 1 DD3J John Maloney related startling
050675 - breakthroughs with Grove and Groove. Sergie Brin reported on
050676 - how meta data and other searching tools solve the problem Eric
050677 - related on 011003 that nobody can find anything. Ray Ozzie
050678 - offered ideas on using Lotus Notes to avoid the "pain" people
050679 - experience using email and weblogs, or something like. Dave
050680 - Snowden reported how Quickplace and Sametime have been a big
050681 - help at IBM.
050683 - ..
050684 - 10. There were some bumps. Paul Fernhout worried on 020530 that
050685 - good ideas and technology code was being withheld by big
050686 - corporations and individuals, ref DIT 1 QE4K, that delayed
050687 - progress because of worry about licenses. ref SDS 21 O14N
050689 - ..
050690 - 11. Just yesterday, however, John Deneen suggested looking at a
050691 - Powerpoint presentation by Jim Gemmell on something called
050692 - "MyLifeBits." ref DIT 1 WF5I Review showed that MyLifeBits is
050693 - a project sponsored by Gordon Bell, who is a senior researcher
050694 - at Microsoft's Bay Area Research Center. ref SDS 32 TR3O
050696 - ..
050697 - http://research.microsoft.com/users/GBell/
050699 - ..
050700 - MyLifeBits is shown on the Internet at....
050702 - ..
050703 - http://research.microsoft.com/barc/MediaPresence/MyLifeBits.aspx
050705 - ..
050706 - John said to examine the following Powerpoint file....
050708 - "MyLifeBits: Fulfilling the Memex Vision"
050710 - ...which can be downloaded free of charge at the above address.
050712 - ..
050713 - 12. In our discussion, I explained that Powerpoint presentations
050714 - are powerful tools for bad management, ref DIT 1 6I7H, as
050715 - explained in POIMS, ref OF 1 YZ4I, and citing the Enron case,
050716 - reviewed a year ago on 020204, ref SDS 20 KM4F, because
050717 - "knowledge" requires connections to context, which are missing
050718 - from pictures, as further related in POIMS defining the process
050719 - of intelligence that converts information into knowledge.
050720 - ref OF 1 0367
MyLiftBits Microsoft Project Managed by Gordon Bell Sounds Like Anoth
Deneen, John Requests Reviewing MyLiftBits
Review MyLiftBits Shows It Consists of a List of Computer Software Fe
KM Architecture Vision, Marketing, Engineering
MyLiftBits KM Project Microsoft Developing Like OHS/DKR, Gordon Bell
XML Next Wave Productivity in 5 Years, Balmer, 010521
110801 - ..
110802 - MyLifeBits Microsoft KM Project Like OHS/DKR
110804 - 13. John was in a hurray, and urged reviewing the MyLifeBits
110805 - powerpoint presentation, ref DIT 1 DN9F, in order to understand
110806 - his perspective on advancing Knowledge Management. ref SDS 32
110807 - LR4I I was reminded of Eric Armstrong's perspective on 011003
110808 - when Eric was worried about wasting a lot time directing
110809 - attention to sources without having evidence that information
110810 - is aligned with objectives, requirements and commitments.
110811 - ref SDS 19 EC5N
110813 - [On 030314 Jack Park not familiar with MyLifeBits.
110814 - ref SDS 33 5596
110816 - ..
110817 - 14. But, realizing how frustrating it is when people ignore my own
110818 - ideas and requests to read this that-and-the-other, out of
110819 - courtesy and against Eric's sound advice, I went off and looked
110820 - at the Powerpoint presentation. ref DIT 1 RQ4G
110822 - ..
110823 - 15. Since there are no anchors, links are not available to verify
110824 - accuracy nor to understand context. ref DIT 1 4R4M Still,
110825 - Gimmell says in pertinent part....
110827 - ..
110828 - 16. Gordon Bell, like Doug Engelbart, wants Microsoft to develop a
110829 - "repository" of information from daily life that includes
110830 - books, photos, documents, memos, legal papers, home movies, and
110831 - everything to create a "paperless" environment. ref DIT 1 KR5H
110832 - This reminds of Doug's explanation of a "Knowledge Workshop"
110833 - set out in Doug's 1972 paper which he commended to the OHS/DKR
110834 - group on 000327. ref SDS 5 3971
110836 - ..
110837 - 17. Gordon then poses the question that Eric raised on 010916,
110838 - ref DIT 1 AU6I, that nobody can find anything in email.
110839 - ref SDS 17 KA6H
110841 - ..
110842 - 18. Gordon says Microsoft is going to provide full text search and
110843 - collection with freedom form strict hierarchy. There will be
110844 - many visualizations -- he says "Don't metaphor me in."
110845 - Microsoft plans to make adding annotations that add value fast
110846 - and easy, and further will enable people to keep the links they
110847 - author based on a system of "transclusion." ref DIT 1 5V6N
110848 - Microsoft's technology will help the user tell a "story,"
110849 - because Gordon stories structure information in time and space.
110850 - Gordon doesn't mention it, but "stories" are a form of mental
110851 - spreadsheet that position data and information in relation to
110852 - human values; so, lets agree that support for stories are
110853 - another good idea. Microsoft is planning to support,
110855 - ..
110856 - 19. Ted Nelson's important work on transclusion is slated for
110857 - support, and Gordon says the key is "LINKS." That's right, the
110858 - presentation shows links in all capitals to emphasize this
110859 - requirement. Ted is quoted at length in the presentation
110860 - slides arguing for links. ref DIT 1 MW4H
110862 - ..
110863 - 20. Microsoft does not mention Murray Altheim's powerful analysis
110864 - on 020820, ref DIT 1 KW4O, showing that everybody has voted
110865 - against links, ref SDS 23 UV6G, and going on to emphasize that
110866 - accuracy and context in communication, provided by links, does
110867 - not move the conversation forward. ref SDS 24 V66I
110869 - ..
110870 - 21. John Maloney joined Murray in a letter on 020823 explaining how
110871 - correspondence that is supported by the record, ref DIT 1 TZ5O,
110872 - is invasive and unwelcome. ref SDS 25 R87J
110874 - ..
110875 - 22. Then on 020920 Dave Snowden who is leading knowledge management
110876 - efforts at IBM, ref DIT 1 M16K, explained how links are
110877 - difficult for people to handle. ref SDS 27 5Y8I
110879 - ..
110880 - 23. Careful review of Microsoft's planning shows nothing on helping
110881 - people transition from familiar ways to a new way of working
110882 - called out by Doug. ref DIT 1 6K7H
110884 - ..
110885 - 24. Microsoft does explain that the repository is a data base with
110886 - consistent, simple and logical structure, indexing, pivoting,
110887 - queries, speed scalability, and improve ability to find things
110888 - quickly, per above. ref SDS 0 NP46 They say backup is
110889 - important as is replication. They say "blob" and links are
110890 - inherent. ref DIT 1 CK7M
110892 - ..
110893 - 25. Microsoft also proposes features to visualize document
110894 - relationships, which sounds like dialog mapping, ref DIT 1
110895 - PK8I, that Eugene Kim is using to great effect for the OHS/DKR
110896 - to supplement the purple number system, as reported on 010917.
110897 - ref SDS 18 S44G
110899 - ..
110900 - Jack Park's primer on Topic Maps published last year reported
110901 - on 020911, ref SDS 26 NJ6H, also, would seem to provide
110902 - critical guidance for Microsoft to help people find information
110903 - in the MyLifeBits knowledge repository. ref DIT 1 RN9I
110905 - ..
110906 - 26. In sum, John's suggestion to review the Powerpoint presentation
110907 - on MyLifeBits showed that Microsoft is working on goals for the
110908 - OHS/DKR and other initiatives to improve information management
110909 - beginning in the 1960s. ref DIT 1 CP4F Review further showed
110910 - plans for technology to support links, metadata and analysis,
110911 - which have been expressly rejected by engineers, executives and
110912 - everyone in between, reported on 020924. ref SDS 28 KT8F
110914 - ..
110915 - 27. Thus, the threshold question is, even if lightening strikes,
110916 - ref DIT 1 XT5H, and Microsoft breaks through the barriers that
110917 - stifle innovation in a big organization, cited on 910418.
110918 - ref SDS 1 MW8N, who is going to use it? If people aver
110919 - "intelligence" because links "boggle the mind," as Eric
110920 - anticipated on 000125, ref SDS 3 GE65, what will motivate
110921 - Microsoft to produce something nobody will buy? Not only are
110922 - links and analysis something people have voted against, as
110923 - related by Murray and John Maloney, but in many cases people
110924 - fear the light of knowledge more than the darkness of
110925 - ignorance. The hope that ignorance is an excuse to avoid
110926 - accountability, which fuels efforts toward ignorance that
110927 - greatly increases the time and cost of the work, as shown by
110928 - tragedy and mayhem 010911, ref SDS 16 YNGH, and recently on
110929 - 030304, ref SDS 31 KV6K, the fear of accountability inherent in
110930 - the power of knowledge dries up demand for better knowledge
110931 - support. That is a question that pops up from the record, which
110932 - one hoped the Powerpoint presentation would address
110933 - constructively. Since top KM experts are reticent about using
110934 - KM, it seemed unlikely to expect the Powerpoint presentation
110935 - would show progress on transformation from information to a
110936 - culture of knowledge.
110938 - ..
110939 - 28. The second issue is performance. People have been making lists
110940 - of features for software since the 1950s. ref DIT 1 V34G Doug
110941 - Engelbart has come the farthest, shown by the telecon on
110942 - 991222. ref SDS 2 3696
110944 - ..
110945 - 29. Others at Microsoft, IBM, LANL, DARPA, SRI, Oracle and so on
110946 - have made their lists, ref DIT 1 NF4N, as reported at SRI on
110947 - 000324. ref SDS 4 4877 None of these lists, while discussing
110948 - useful features, address the core issue noted by Eric Armstrong
110949 - on 000503, ref SDS 6 5033, and discussed by Eugene Kim on
110950 - 000615. ref SDS 7 6271 More recently on 010510 Steve Balmer
110951 - related that Microsoft has a 5 year plan to develop XML
110952 - software to improve management, which means they are hoping
110953 - someone will come up with something that Microsoft can buy and
110954 - sell to others within that time frame. ref SDS 15 8Y8H
110956 - ..
110957 - 30. A year or so later on 021108 Bill Gates reported plans for a
110958 - project to solve Eric's concern about finding stuff on the
110959 - computer, which, ref DIT 1 IN7H, as seen from the Microsoft
110960 - Powerpoint presentation, improving the ability to find things
110961 - is planned for MyLifeBits, per above, ref SDS 0 NP46, and so is
110962 - useful. ref SDS 30 EF5I
110964 - ..
110965 - 31. Naturally, people hope that with Bill on the job, things will
110966 - start to move faster. Maybe that accounts for increased email
110967 - traffic for OHS/DKR. It is a welcome sign because progress
110968 - requires effort which is driven by hope, and talking is one way
110969 - to keep hope alive. ref DIT 1 X18I
110971 - ..
110972 - Another way to improve progress learning and developing new
110973 - methods, according to Tom Munnecke at SAIC, ref DIT 1 W29F, is
110974 - to study what works, reported on 020726. ref SDS 22 E63H
110976 - [...below, Jack Park responds that OHS/DKR contributors are
110977 - busy learning. ref SDS 0 P95O
110979 - ..
110980 - 32. Re-birth requires faith and faith takes evidence that goals are
110981 - reachable; not only that something can be done, but, also, that
110982 - a new way of working makes a difference in the quality of work.
110983 - What counts is performance. Without evidence of performance,
110984 - nobody will invest more than 20 minutes required to learn a new
110985 - way of working. ref DIT 1 I39L
OHS/DKR Re-birth Through Learning from Bright New Contributors
Learning KM for OHS/DKR Re-birth from Bright New Contributors
PDF Topic Maps Show Promise of Progress Toward Knowledge Management
PDF Pictures Not Efficient for Com Metrics KM Takes Too Much Time
PDF Not Productive No Addressability Cannot Link
Dialog Maps Indexing Email for FAQ-style Organization Retrieval
Topics Classification Subjects Ontology Knowledge Organize Representa
Topic Maps Conceptual Graphs Method of Knowledge Representation, Josl
Park, Jack Topic Maps and RDF Expect New Developments Soon to Advance
Topic Maps and RDF Expect New Developments Soon to Advance Knowledge
Collaboration Occurs by Augmenting Intelligence Based on Architecture
Topic Maps RDF Learning Methods for Developing OHS/DKR
Topic Maps Complexity Ontology Pandaora's Box of Complexity Ontology,
Learning Fundamentals to Develop Technology for OHS/DKR Focusing on R
3217 - 2106
321801 - ..
321802 - Learning KM for Developing OHS/DKR
321804 - Received ref DRT 1 0001 from Jack Park responding to the letter sent
321805 - this afternoone, ref DIT 1 0001, per above, ref SDS 0 0001, and
321806 - saying.....
321808 - At the moment, ohs-talk is being used for precisely what it was
321809 - intended: hammering out underlying principles, use cases, and so
321810 - forth. Everyone here, myself included, is busy learning.
321811 - ref DRT 1 PPSS
321813 - ..
321814 - The RDF topic, itself, is an important one and really needs lots
321815 - of demonstrations in order to tease out the relative merits it
321816 - brings to the implementation table. There are some really smart
321817 - people playing with both RDF and topic maps. I think we are going
321818 - to see some really powerful implementations spring to life pretty
321819 - soon now. ref DRT 1 XU6N
321821 - ..
321822 - Jack does not address the question in the letter about efforts to
321823 - "study what works." ref SDS 0 NQ55
321825 - ..
321826 - Jack's explanation that people are studying RDF and topic maps can be
321827 - helped by listing evidence of work product that justifies faith in
321828 - these methods by demonstrating ability to advance from information to
321829 - a culture of knowledge.
321831 - RDF is similar to PDF reviewed on
321834 - ..
321835 - Submitted ref DIT 2 0001 responding to Jack's letter reporting that
321836 - engineers and scientists are busy learning in order to develop OHS/DKR
321837 - that applies RDF and topic maps.
321839 - Good to hear in your letter this afternoon that people are
321840 - learning principles and developing use cases. Who is teaching
321841 - the class? Are there crib notes available?
321843 - ..
321844 - Progress on RDF and topic maps is good news, spurred by your
321845 - book, per above, ref SDS 0 NP64, and the bright minds engaging
321846 - the problem who are now seasoned by experience, per above,
321847 - ref SDS 0 NN88, the past few years. ref DIT 2 MI54