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DIARY: August 31, 2007 11:38 AM Friday;
Gary responds to Jack's suggestion to read Everything Miscellaneous.
2...Everything Miscellaneous Records Management Itunes Example
3...Records Management Computers Improve Card Catalog Itunes Example
4...Itunes Card Catalog Computers Improve Traditional Records Management
5...Units of Information Communication Metrics Measure Power of Knowledge
6...Granular Addressability Interface Structure Knowledge Useful to People
7...Information Units Enable Communication Metrics to implement Granularity
........Purple Numbers Abandoned Knowledge Management Give Up
8...Indexing Separate from Record Linking Outside the Record
9...Context Management Indexing Construction for Differentiation
10...Indexing Must Construct Differentiation for Context Management
11...Context Management Makes Augmenting Intelligence Fast Easy
12...Doing Nothing Always Much Faster than Doing Anything to Improve
13...Assumption Doing Nothing Always Faster Easier than Doing Anything
14...Everything Miscellaneous When Time Not Invested for Context Management
15...Efficient Usability Converts Diligence into Fun
16...SDS Advances Literacy Comparable Level of Effort to Learn Deploy
17...Granualr Addressability Save Lives Time Money Not Fast Easy
18...Accuracy Ignore Fast Easy Takes No Time Explicit Links Not Popular
19...Knowledge Mangement Precision Access Explicit Links Not Fast Easy
20...Bad Management Fast Easy Ignore Accuracy Good Management Takes Time
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0202 - SRI International O-00000103 1201
020201 - Mr. Jack Park;
020203 - CALO Project O-00000103 1201
Everything Miscellaneous Book Digital Computers Improve Traditional
2903 - ..
2904 - Summary/Objective
290501 - Follow up ref SDS 34 0000, ref SDS 32 0000.
290508 - ..
2907 - Progress
290801 - ..
290802 - Everything Miscellaneous Records Management Itunes Example
290803 - Records Management Computers Improve Card Catalog Itunes Example
290804 - Itunes Card Catalog Computers Improve Traditional Records Management
290806 - Follow up ref SDS 34 I19J, ref SDS 32 HE6N.
290808 - Received ref DRT 1 0001 from Gary responding to Jack's letter,
290809 - ref DRP 2 0001, which failed to respond to the letter on 070830
290810 - requesting comment on explanation of unified theory of knowledge, per
290811 - above. ref SDS 34 F15M
290813 - ..
290814 - Gary changed the subject to comment on Itunes and Everything is
290815 - Miscellaneous, which was reviewed a month ago on 070729. ref SDS 32
290816 - HE6N
290818 - ..
290819 - Gary says in the letter to Jack...
290821 - 1. Read the excerpts and ordered the book. ref DRT 1 0001
290823 - ..
290824 - 2. Weinberger is correct about the impact of digital items not
290825 - having to obey the same sorts of physical laws as physical
290826 - objects. ref DRT 1 NG5K
290828 - ..
290829 - 3. The example of iTunes allowing a single body of songs to be
290830 - organized in multiple ways is excellent. The card catalogs in
290831 - a library attempt to allow the books to be located in multiple
290832 - ways, but each book still has to be in some one place.
290833 - ref DRT 1 YG5O
290835 - ..
290836 - 4. The point about iTunes allowing users to develop and evolve
290837 - playlists, share them, and rate them is a good indication of
290838 - what flexible organization can allow. ref DRT 1 VG6K
290840 - ..
290841 - 5. Information aggregation in the form of topic pages, index
290842 - sites, authority sites, etc. is also of interest. ref DRT 1
290843 - 7H7F
290845 - [On 080531 Morris gets a lot of email; tries to avoid filing
290846 - everything miscellaneous by putting some documents in
290847 - separate folders. ref SDS 37 U26H
Units of Information SDS Many Communication Metrics Granular Address
520401 - ..
520402 - Units of Information Communication Metrics Measure Power of Knowledge
520403 - Granular Addressability Interface Structure Knowledge Useful to People
520404 - Information Units Enable Communication Metrics to implement Granularity
520406 - Gary's letter to Jack continues...
520408 - 6. We are interested in a similar set of problems. In the same
520409 - way that iTunes discovered that the unit of songs is the track
520410 - (a single song), we are struggling with the unit of
520411 - information. So far it has been convenient to use the
520412 - paragraph as that unit. I realize that Nexist Wiki allowed the
520413 - author to define the Addressable Information Resource (AIR),
520414 - but that is unusual. The unit of information on the web still
520415 - appears to be the page (URL) or even a document (first page).
520416 - Granular addressability is still uncommon. ref DRT 1 ZH7J
520418 - ..
520419 - On 970803 developed diagnostics for Communication Metrics. ref SDS 8
520420 - LY8S
520422 - ..
520423 - SDS has many "units of information" for Communication Metrics, listed
520424 - below, ref SDS 0 JM9O, which support the flexible structure of
520425 - Knowledge Space defined in NWO, ref OF 11 PX6J, and shown in the scope
520426 - for intelligence support. ref OF 11 A56M
520428 - ..
520429 - "Records" of daily work are the primary unit of information in SDS,
520430 - explained on 890523. ref SDS 1 TP8O Line numbers enable flexible,
520431 - "verticle" fields, also explained on 890523. ref SDS 1 QB8J Roy
520432 - Roebuck offered a useful explanation of SDS record as providing a
520433 - shallow outline, reviewed on 020217. ref SDS 19 3105
520435 - ..
520436 - Flexibility aids creativity with "units of information" that aid
520437 - command and control of the record. Integrating creativity and control
520438 - leverages the power of knowledge to complement explicit links for
520439 - granular addressability to provide precision access. Complementarity
520440 - of forces yields synergy that lifts performance of the work, explained
520441 - in NWO. ref OF 10 JU8O
520443 - ..
520444 - Units of information for Communication Metrics listed in NWO,
520445 - ref OF 11 FT9G, are summarized into 7 elements for a "well ordered
520446 - record" reported on 899523. ref SDS 1 TP8O A deeper understanding of
520447 - SDS recognizes 12 units of information...
520449 - 1. Records
520450 - 2. Time
520451 - 3. Line numbers
520452 - 4. Documents - books, letters, reports, plans, movies
520453 - 5. Contacts
520454 - 6. Words
520455 - 7. Paragraphs = anchors = granular addressability
520456 - 8. Links = connect cause effect yield power of knowledge
520457 - 9. Headings
520458 - 10. Segments = control fields
520459 - 11. Subjects = organic structure of context
520460 - 12. Action Items
520462 - ..
520463 - SDS units of information support alignment that makes accuracy the
520464 - primary metric of communication discussed with Morris Jones on 950204.
520465 - ref SDS 4 8A4G On 031008 Morris commended progress using SDS at an
520466 - aerospace company, and observed that benefits of better memory enabled
520467 - by SDS are better than forgetting. ref SDS 25 EQ8N Years later on
520468 - 020924 Morris remained concerned about units of information for
520469 - Communication Metrics. ref SDS 23 LJ9L
Purple Numbers Abandoned Explicit Links Granular Addressability Give
740401 - ..
740402 - Purple Numbers Abandoned Knowledge Management Give Up
740404 - 7. The Purple Numbers concept looked like it was going to develop
740405 - traction, but it never did. Chris Dent says that he is working
740406 - with SocialText, but it doesn't support Purple Numbers. I plan
740407 - to ask him about that. ref DRT 1 QI8J
740409 - ..
740410 - What evidence indicates "purple numbers" was or might develop
740411 - "traction" through use to improve daily work?
740413 - [...below, Jack Park seems to concur that granular
740414 - addressability with explicit links called "purple numbers"
740415 - have not been used. ref SDS 0 OV3G
740417 - ..
740418 - Eugene Kim applied Doug Engelbart's ideas for explicit links, which
740419 - facilitate constructing trails of association, as a requirement to
740420 - make the paperless office model of Knowledge Management productive
740421 - with efficiencies of electronic records management proposed by
740422 - Vannevar Bush in 1945, and reviewed on 960304. ref SDS 5 GX59 Gary's
740423 - report today supports the case study on 070126 showing that all three
740424 - elements of Knowledge Management have failed. ref SDS 31 QH8L
740425 - Including case study showing people have not found tools that make
740426 - working intelligently "connecting the dots" of cause and effective
740427 - fast and easy. ref SDS 31 YV4F
740429 - ..
740430 - On 000405 Doug Engelbart proposed OHS/DKR folks meeting at SRI use a
740431 - new way of working with links in email. ref SDS 11 2484 People
740432 - refused, illustrated by Eric Armstrong's letter on 000824. ref SDS 13
740433 - FJ5H On 001025 Doug asked folks to use links to "purple numbers" he
740434 - put in the Launch Plan for OHS/DKR. ref SDS 14 00VU On 001027 he
740435 - reported people refused. ref SDS 15 0001
740437 - ..
740438 - Lack of use reported by Murray Altheim on 020820, ref SDS 21 UV6G,
740439 - explaining accuracy is not necessary for communication. ref SDS 22
740440 - VN6H, and experts who promoted purple numbers all seem to have given
740441 - up adding granular addressability for working intelligently.
740442 - ref SDS 21 0K64
740444 - ..
740445 - On 050113 example of people who support granular addressability with
740446 - explicit links (purple numbers) have no links that apply the
740447 - technology they promote in correspondence over many weeks on launching
740448 - a publication for civic journalism aimed at promoting technology for
740449 - augmented thinking. ref SDS 28 5X5Q
Everything Miscellaneous Itunes Granular Addressability Purple Numbe
A20401 - ..
A20402 - Indexing Separate from Record Linking Outside the Record
A20404 - Gary's letter to Jack continues...
A20406 - 8. One other thing that the idea of iTunes playlists supports is
A20407 - that indexing and linking need to be done by users outside the
A20408 - body of material being indexed. This was a point that Ted
A20409 - Nelson made repeatedly, and Doug Engelbart addressed as well.
A20410 - ref DRT 1 JJ8O
A20412 - ..
A20413 - Doug's work was reviewed on 991222, including Bootstrap. ref SDS 9
A20414 - 0897 Discussion with Doug at that time did not seem to address the
A20415 - point in Gary's letter today. ref SDS 9 3977 Doug's 1962 proposal for
A20416 - SRI to develop Augment NLS was, also, reviewed on 991222, ref SDS 9
A20417 - 7H5H, showing considertion of subject indexing using 3x5 card manual
A20418 - system from his work in the 1950s. ref SDS 9 UD7F This seems
A20419 - supportive of separate indexing noted in Gary's letter today.
A20420 - ref SDS 0 SG4W
A20422 - ..
A20423 - On 000608 Doug demonstrated Augment NLS at SRI for the OHS/DKR team.
A20424 - The record lists "linking" among program features. ref SDS 12 4180
A20425 - There is no mention in the record of the "point" Gary cites today.
A20426 - ref SDS 0 SG4W
A20428 - [On 071113 Jack Park explains understandings about Nelson
A20429 - and Engelbart developing separate indexes for referenced
A20430 - external sources. ref SDS 36 4S68
A20432 - ..
A20433 - It seems difficult for linking to be effective without referencing
A20434 - sources outside the current record or document. Examples are
A20435 - biblographies in professional documents, and especially citations in
A20436 - briefs and opinions for legal work.
A20440 - ..
A20441 - Context Management Indexing Construction for Differentiation
A20442 - Indexing Must Construct Differentiation for Context Management
A20444 - Separate indexing of document content rather than searching de novo
A20445 - every document, cited in Gary's letter today, ref SDS 0 SG4W, applies
A20446 - card catelog methods in library science used by researchers and
A20447 - writers for 2,000 years, noted by Vannevar Bush in his 1945 article,
A20448 - reviewed on 960304. ref SDS 5 PG5L Google has made this method of
A20449 - indexing commonplace searching documents on the Internet. On 070126
A20450 - research found that "search" has become the "holy grail" of computer
A20451 - productivity. ref SDS 31 B366 Experimentation on 050516 showed
A20452 - general indexing on computers seems slow, and fails to accomplish
A20453 - requirements for finding things, similar to searching files on the
A20454 - Internet. ref SDS 30 BQ68
A20456 - ..
A20457 - Bush noted, however, in 1945 that "robust" indexing is essential to
A20458 - extend traditional library science in order to make the record useful
A20459 - to more than professional researchers and writers, i.e., "a few" who
A20460 - can spend a lot of time searching for documents to find correlations,
A20461 - implications, and nuance that relate findings to specific contextual
A20462 - scope. People on the job, like engineers, executives, salesmen,
A20463 - doctors, lawyers who are busy communicating in meetings, making calls,
A20464 - and handling documents, do not have time for traditional research.
A20465 - Therefore technology must empower effective research without spending
A20466 - a lot of time. This requires more robust indexing, noted by Bush in
A20467 - 1945, reported on 960304.
A20469 - ..
A20470 - Context management differentiates organic structures of human "needs,"
A20471 - reviewed on 890523. ref SDS 1 XT6O Business needs are commonly called
A20472 - objectives, requirements, and commitments determined by situational
A20473 - awareness. Indexing keywords or groups of words with logical
A20474 - operators does not yield efficiencies of electronic records
A20475 - management. The paperless office model requires empowers people to
A20476 - cope with expanding complexity from new realities that compress time
A20477 - and distance.
A20482 - ..
A20483 - Context Management Makes Augmenting Intelligence Fast Easy
A20484 - Doing Nothing Always Much Faster than Doing Anything to Improve
A20485 - Assumption Doing Nothing Always Faster Easier than Doing Anything
A20486 - Everything Miscellaneous When Time Not Invested for Context Management
A20488 - Gary's letter to Jack concludes...
A20490 - 9. The SDS Subject Index is an attempt to allow the user to
A20491 - organize his information in whatever ways and in as many
A20492 - different ways as work for him. This is an extremely desirable
A20493 - thing to do, but it is difficult to provide tools that help
A20494 - with this enough to bring the effort required low enough that
A20495 - people will actually do it. ref DRT 1 DK9K
A20497 - ..
A20498 - On 960304 research shows that in 1945 Vannevar Bush proposed computers
A20499 - can enable "paperless office" efficiencies of electronic records
A20500 - management, and requires complementarity with indexing more robust
A20501 - than a library card catelog, and further requires comprehensive
A20502 - linking to construct trails of association. ref SDS 5 GX59
A20504 - ..
A20505 - Experience using SDS shows that complementarity must extend to
A20506 - ergonomics that optimize efficient usability in order to make
A20507 - capturing the record, indexing and linking fast and easy enough that
A20508 - the structure of knowledge is useful to people, reported by Jack Park
A20509 - on 001130. ref SDS 16 H17O On 020531 Mike Poremba noted that SDS is
A20510 - optimized for efficient usability of program functions, ref SDS 20
A20511 - 5M3G; dates make sense of complex information so links are
A20512 - contextually comprehensible, ref SDS 20 OP7M, SDS support for timely
A20513 - analysis to aid human thinking is hard to achieve with other tools.
A20514 - ref SDS 20 5W9J
A20517 - ..
A20518 - Efficient Usability Converts Diligence into Fun
A20520 - The first effort is to discover functions that make Context Management
A20521 - effective, and then to reduce the level of effort to make the work fun
A20522 - rather than a drudge that requires diligence. An example reducing
A20523 - effort to make Context Management fast and easy and effective is
A20524 - reported on 030809. ref SDS 24 8M7L
A20526 - ..
A20527 - Discovering that writing and organizing the record is worthwhile takes
A20528 - education and experience. Learning to write without assistance is
A20529 - extremely difficult even with excellent pencils, pens, paper. Even
A20530 - computers are of no value, if you don't know which buttons to press
A20531 - for "cat" or "spoon" or anything; and if you don't where to put a
A20532 - period, a comma, where to capitalize, etc. Even if you learn which
A20533 - buttons to press, if this is awkward and difficult, instead of fast
A20534 - and easy, then many people get discouraged by inefficient usability
A20535 - that requires a lot of diligence to get things done. The only
A20536 - solution is to put little people on a bus before they are big enough
A20537 - to resist, and assign experts to teach them for many years. Good
A20538 - education and good tools with efficient usability that make the work
A20539 - fun helps get more people to work intelligently.
A20541 - ..
A20542 - Even with all this support, people still have trouble writing down
A20543 - results of meetings, calls, and the meaning of documents. Since SDS
A20544 - extends literacy for rendering information by adding to intelligence
A20545 - to create knowledge, it should be expected, that like writing, working
A20546 - intelligently is not for everybody. Vannevar Bush noted in an article
A20547 - published during 1945 that extending the use of literacy to provide
A20548 - paperless office efficiencies of electronic records management
A20549 - requires trails of association and complementary robust indexing,
A20550 - reported on 960304. ref SDS 5 GX59 Bush said this work should be
A20551 - performed by people who are consciencious about recording history.
A20552 - ref SDS 5 X27O
A20554 - ..
A20555 - This education problem was originally solved through long exposure.
A20556 - It took 300 years for alphabet technology to catch on. In the
A20557 - beginning many people believd that taking time to learn the abc's just
A20558 - wasn't worth the effort, reviewed in NWO. ref OF 14 YY8H
A20560 - [On 070904 Gary commends high performance search tools to
A20561 - complement indexing methods. ref SDS 35 DU4Y
A20563 - ..
A20564 - Difficulty writing things down and organizing the record causes people
A20565 - to give up and file "everything miscellaneous," cited in Jack's letter
A20566 - yesterday on 070830, ref SDS 34 I19J and simply relying on assumptions
A20567 - remembering the gist of the story, along with what can be found using
A20568 - keyword searches within the time people are willing to invest for
A20569 - making sense of complex circumstances, explained in NWO. ref OF 9 9448
A20572 - ..
A20573 - SDS Advances Literacy Comparable Level of Effort to Learn Deploy
A20575 - Willingness to invest time overcoming anger and frustrations from the
A20576 - burden of cognitive overhead to learn new skills and use new tools
A20577 - that improve the work for saving lives, time, and money is commonly
A20578 - called "diligence," explained in NWO. ref OF 12 PQ4M The absence of
A20579 - diligence leads to filing everything under miscellaneous, reviewed on
A20580 - 070729. ref SDS 32 HE6N
A20582 - ..
A20583 - Speed and mind numbing simplicity make the "fools gold" of relying on
A20584 - "assumption," also discussed in NWO, ref OF 12 FU6J, seem attractive,
A20585 - reviewed on 010908 citing Jack's observation that laziness doing
A20586 - nothing which is always faster and easeir than doing anything, hides
A20587 - the secret of SDS in plain sight for augmenting intelligence.
A20588 - ref SDS 18 YF5O
A20590 - ..
A20591 - [On 071113 meeting Morris discuss SDS design for
A20592 - responsiveness to optimize productivity organizing the
A20593 - record to find information in time to be effective by
A20594 - having everything in the right place at the right time,
A20595 - rather than filing everything under miscellaneous.
A20596 - ref SDS 36 446N
SDS Explicit Links Granular Addressability Pecision Access Knowledg
SDS Explicit Links Granular Addressability Precision Access Knowledg
AO05 - 2211
AO0601 - ..
AO0602 - Granualr Addressability Save Lives Time Money Not Fast Easy
AO0603 - Accuracy Ignore Fast Easy Takes No Time Explicit Links Not Popular
AO0604 - Knowledge Mangement Precision Access Explicit Links Not Fast Easy
AO0605 - Bad Management Fast Easy Ignore Accuracy Good Management Takes Time
AO0608 - ..
AO0609 - Received ref DRT 1 0001 from Jack responding to Gary's letter earlier
AO0610 - today, per above. ref SDS 0 IV4H
AO0612 - ..
AO0613 - Jack's letter to Gary says...
AO0615 - 1. The same kinds of conclusions you draw on purple numbers, high
AO0616 - performance addressing, etc, -- e.g., it's not popular, can be
AO0617 - drawn for POIMs. It's just not what's for lunch. Is that any
AO0618 - reason to ignore either of them? ref DRT 2 0001
AO0620 - [On 070904 Gary responds noting importance of purple
AO0621 - numbers. ref SDS 35 OV3G
AO0623 - ..
AO0624 - Seems like different conclusions might be considered for purple
AO0625 - numbers which have never (or rarely) been used, per above, ref SDS 0
AO0626 - 1J8H, and explicit links in SDS which have been used constantly for 20
AO0627 - years, shown by this record as one (1) example of 30,000 SDS records.
AO0628 - This small record has about 50 links, which makes about 1.5 million in
AO0629 - 30K records. Evidence of usefulness understanding cause and effect
AO0630 - aligns with Gary's report on 040227 that SDS generates commitment to
AO0631 - use. ref SDS 26 RH6K Wayne Wetzel also reported good results using
AO0632 - SDS, shown on 010725. ref SDS 17 0001 USACE reported that SDS was
AO0633 - effective for Communication Metrics, ref DRP 5 6172, and found this
AO0634 - method save time and money. ref DRP 6 0001 PG&E had similar
AO0635 - experience. ref DRP 3 0001