GlobalArgument.net kicks offSimon Buckingham Shum, Thursday 17 March 2005 | Annotate
An exciting new experiment in computer-supported argumentation launched today as the GlobalArgument.net website was published, and the controversial Iraq Debate begins to be mapped. Conceived by KMi's Simon Buckingham Shum, and co-led with former Australian Cabinet Minister Peter Baldwin, GlobalArgument.net operates around the concept of Argumentation Experiments, in which 'Players' focus on a topic for debate, working from a set of source documents, and to a schedule for modelling, publishing and analysing the outputs. Experiment 1 kicks off today, and players will be working on the controversial Iraq Debate to the end of May 2005. KMi visiting PhD student Ale Okada will be working with Simon to model the structure of this debate using Compendium, and possibly other tools.