Meta-Method

The developed indicators allow a measurement of the transformation processes and render the implicit borders visible on a map.

This map will be linked to a semantic database (SemaSpace), which permits the user to create unexpected correlations with the parameters of the indicators and to render them visible and open for discussion. Complex semantic nets are visualized through SemaSpace, an interactive, three-dimensional diagram. A readable and browser searchable 3D data space with various media (image, sound data, URLs, full texts, etc), which are individually connected to nodes, will be displayed.

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Example of the visualized indicators & dimensions of the centre-periphery-complex

The user can penetrate and freely navigate the multilayer spaces of the map. Thus, new dimensions of information will be created in a space-time diversity, because “ultimately every diagram is intersocial and evolving. It never portrays a pre-existing world; it produces a new type of reality.” (Deleuze) The semantic network can be operated simultaneously from six console places that will be placed in an installation –  the so called control room. The performative elements of the map can be accessed and projected by the semantic database installed on the console places.

The control room represents the suggestion of predictability and controllability of social spaces. Thus, it symbolizes the opposite to a fundamentally unstable or flowing reality, in which subjects and functions are constantly whirled together so that constant change occurs. All components of the project are designed with open source programmes, are licensed under Creative Commons and are freely accessible under www.OpenStreetMap.org. Hence, every user is enabled at all times to expand the project and to add new indicators and dimensions.

MetaNet – Technical Notes

Download a presentation on the technical aspects of the project, which was held at LiWoLi10.

The following schemata gives a high-level overview of the New[B]Order DOMAINS and the involved technical components. There are three main domains: PUBLIC SPACE, ADMINISTRATION, and CONTROL ROOM.

The PUBLIC SPACE consists of the exploration/research area, the technical infrastructure namely a Mobile Recorder (handheld device like a smartphone), the geostationary GPS Satellite Service, and the mobile GSM (GPRS/UMTS) Network. Textual and visual artifacts created in the PUBLIC SPACE by the scientist are automatically tagged with GPS coordinates at creation time. If no satellite is visible due to indoor exploration or heavy weather conditions, Location-based Services (LBS) offered by the local mobile network operator might be utilized for the position determination of the Mobile Recorder within the current GSM cell. However, this approach is usually not very accurate especially in non-urban areas where the GMS cells are coarse-meshed.

Technical Overview“New(B)Order Domains and Technical Components of the Knowledge Network.”

The prepared research artifacts are transmitted over the mobile and stationary internet to the Application Server (AS) which is responsible for receiving and persisting the data and for structuring and preparing them for further access in the web domain. The received data is available for exploration immediately and therefore part of the knowledge network as soon as the data has been transmitted. The AS further involves the Semantic/Topographic Database Server (ST-DBS) for storing relational data and a Web Server (WS) for accessing the underlying application over the world wide web. In this ADMINISTRATION environment the scientist is able to edit the transmitted artifacts by adding additional parameters, remove them, correcting or adding new location information and so forth. The attached sementic parameters of the artifacts are (semi-)automatically associated with a symbolic representation within the application’s map interface. Furthermore relationships to already persisted artifacts are automatically found and updated. In realistic scenarios there might be several hundreds of content items and many more associated parameters and relations between them, especially if multiple field researchers are involved. For an adequate representation of this heterogeneous data cloud the so called New[B]order Knowledge Network (NB-KN) comes into account.

The New[B]order Knowledge Network is access- and controllable through the CONTROL ROOM. The CONTROL ROOM is equipped with an interface to the knowledge network and multiple video projectors for visualizing the data. The observer has the opportunity of a fast and intuitive access to the correlated artifacts on different visual information levels. Semantic, topographic, and multimedia-based information of a particular aspect are shown simultaneously on separate screenings within the room. By changing the focus of interest on a particular level thought the observer’s interface, related aspects on the other information levels might be automatically updated as well, if they have a relationship to each other. Through this kind of interaction and visual representation the observer receives information much more effective, which usually has a deep impact in understanding and learning, especially within a complex knowledge scenario. The contextually and visually most complex level is usually the semantic one. Therefore the New[B]order Knowledge Network utilizes the so called SemaSpace framework which was designed as fast and easy to use graph viewer and editor for large knowledge networks. The graph allows to browse correlated/directed/undirected semantic information in multiple dimensions and different zoom- and detail levels. Within the CONTROL ROOM the observer controls this graph with an intuitive non-graphical interface, which additionally increases the usability and the fascination of the New[B]order Knowledge Network.

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