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KMi@PARC: Contested Collective Intelligence

Simon Buckingham Shum, Tuesday 05 April 2011 | Annotate
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KMi's Simon Buckingham Shum & Anna De Liddo gave a seminar at the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), renowned for its ground-breaking computing R&D in many fields, including Human-Computer Interaction, Hypertext and Sensemaking. Their seminar at the Intelligent Systems Lab, hosted by Maarten Sierhuis (Knowledge, Language & Interaction Area Manager) and Gregorio Convertino (Augmented Social Cognition Area) was entitled Contested Collective Intelligence: Resilience, Complexity & Sensemaking (abstract below). The day was spent seeing several PARC researchers, including Mark Stefik, whose 1986 AI Magazine article "The Next Knowledge Medium" can be seen as anticipating many of the drivers for the creation of KMi a decade later. ABSTRACT: To thrive, organizational entities (learning communities; teams of analysts; formal companies) must make sense of a complex, changing environment. Our interest is in how sociotechnical "collective intelligence" infrastructures may augment this capacity. We are seeking conceptual lenses that illuminate this challenge, and draw ideas from resilience thinking, sensemaking, and complexity science. We propose that these motivate the concept of Contested Collective Intelligence (CCI), and give examples of how the Cohere platform is being designed in response to these requirements. This is a social/semantic web annotation and knowledge mapping environment, with tools for monitoring networks of ideas and generating novel analytics. We also report experimental integration with the Xerox Incremental Parser, in order to evaluate human+machine annotation of knowledge-level claims expressed through rhetorical moves in documents. More details in the link below...

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