Hypermedia Discourse: Contesting networks of ideas and arguments

Buckingham Shum, Simon (2007). Hypermedia Discourse: Contesting networks of ideas and arguments. In: Priss, U.; Polovina, S. and Hill, R. eds. Conceptual Structures: Knowledge Architectures for Smart Applications. Berlin: Springer, pp. 29–44.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-540-73681-3


This invited contribution motivates the Hypermedia Discourse research programme, investigating the reading, writing and contesting of ideas as hypermedia networks grounded in discourse schemes. We are striving for cognitively and computationally tractable conceptual structures: fluid enough to serve as augmentations to group working memory, yet structured enough to support long term memory. I will describe how such networks can be (i) mapped by multiple analysts to visualize and interrogate the claims and arguments in a literature, and (ii) mapped in real time to manage a team's information sources, competing interpretations, arguments and decisions, particularly in time- pressured scenarios where harnessing collective intelligence is a priority. Given the current geo-political and environmental context, the growth in distributed teamwork, and the need for multidisciplinary approaches to wicked problems, there has never been a greater need for sensemaking tools to help diverse stakeholders build common ground.

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