A view of bootstraping with OHS

From: Jack Park (jackpark@verticalnet.com)
Date: Fri Mar 23 2001 - 09:56:30 PST

I just uploaded a pdf of a powerpoint slide in which I illustrate the
    OHS which is comprised of the following packages:
        Content + Knowledge = DKR
    Humans, one illustrated actively.
Humans are engaged "out there" doing cycle A, in which some problem is being
Along the way, humans are also engaged at Context making public statements
which enter an IBIS discussion.
Eventually, some concensus is reached, new artifacts generated, and humans
experience the feedback of cycle C, folding it into their own B cycles.
Let us assume that my view of the improvement cycles somehow coincides with
those already expressed by Douglas Engelbart. On that assumption, I shall
take this a bit further.
In the conduct of design of an OHS -- any rendition of an OHS, for that
matter -- my view is that the important issues to resolve up front are those
associated with the API that allows Context to talk to DKR. When such an
API is created -- itself a part of bootstrap cycles, then becomes possible
to implement all sorts of variants along the OHS theme. So long as they all
implement the API, they all are intended (by design) to be interoperable.
The Context package includes Human Computer Interface (HCI) systems that
enable a variety of OHS features, such as Topic Map navigation, email,
forums, conferences, chat, document manipulation, IBIS, SDS, and so forth,
each of which is supported by way of the infrastructure constructed within
DKR and exposed by way of the API.
In summary, I am illustrating three specific kinds of bootstraping here.
The A cycles are those in which society plays out its roles bootstrapping
solutions to the complex, urgent problems that Doug and others describe.
The B cycles represent individual growth and learning, and the C cycles,
enabled by way of OHS, represent societal growth and learning. At the same
time, I am making the claim that job one lies in the evolution
(bootstraping) of an API that allows OHS implementations to emerge.

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