Visualizing internetworked argumentation

Buckingham Shum, Simon; Uren, Victoria; Li, Gangmi; Domingue, John and Motta, Enrico (2003). Visualizing internetworked argumentation. In: Kirschner, Paul A.; Buckingham Shum, Simon J. and Carr, Chad S. eds. Visualizing Argumentation: Software Tools for Collaborative and Educational Sense-Making. Computer supported cooperative work. London: Springer-Verlag, pp. 185–204.


In this chapter, we outline a project which traces its source of inspiration back to the grand visions of Vannevar Bush (scholarly trails of linked concepts), Doug Engelbart (highly interactive intellectual tools, particularly for argumentation), and Ted Nelson (large scale internet publishing with recognised intellectual property). In essence, we are tackling the age-old question of how to organise distributed, collective knowledge. Specifically, we pose the following question as a foil:

In 2010, will scholarly knowledge still be published solely in prose, or can we imagine a complementary infrastructure that is ‘native’ to the emerging semantic, collaborative web, enabling more effective dissemination and analysis of ideas?

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