Online Education and Digital Storytelling

Mercedes Bell, a researcher for onlineuniversities.com, shared an article The Art of Digital Storytelling. The article makes several good points and provides numerous examples graphed below. When digital storytelling is used for education, a new challenge today is keeping the reader engaged, without clicking away, wandering through so many loosely related topics, its easy to […]

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Connections versus Flow

Each of these arrows can be like the telephone game, something important and subtle lost. Which of these is a better model    

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Real Links

Which of the links shown below are real? Which are still active? Which are part of a purposeful data architecture? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Internet_map_1024.jpg http://www.chrisharrison.net/index.php/Visualizations/InternetMap www2.research.att.com/…/ATT_Labs_InternetMap_0730_10.pdf

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Physics of Data Flow

Welcome new subscribers! Last week the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) Northern Virginia Chapter (CSI NOVA) welcomed scientists from the NIST Fire Research Lab to give a talk about fire simulations and the new test facility. NIST’s Fire Dynamics Simulator (FDS) A couple simulations were of just the fires themselves rather than walls, furniture, elevator shafts […]

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Places & Spaces Mapping Science Workshop

Katy Borner organized a workshop for the Places & Spaces Mapping Science Advisory Board. We met for two days at the School of Library and Information Sciences to figure out the remaining iterations of the 10 year exhibit. See the Schedule and try to visit an exhibit in person, or order the Atlas of Science […]

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Taking Apart and Putting Back Together in a Repeatable Process

Taking an idea apart can be very informative. Especially when various parts need to be updated and optimized, continually changing like software releases.

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Emergent versus Imposed Boundaries

Not only watch how the semantic web is emerging, but to direct it’s flow in productive ways, geared for people in different areas that may vary widely in their density and resources, rather than as one empire. Because that only causes trouble in the long run.

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Time Based Analysis of US Healthcare Reforms

Below is a time based analysis of the US Healthcare Reforms created by Frank Snyder, a physicist who worked in thinking machines and computer vision and now spends his time traveling the world and thinking about anthropology and religion. Image below see the link for the Google Doc. Whole Building Design Guide, Clinical Relationships. A […]

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Spending More Time with Better Information

There needs to be a better way to get a longer perspective on what surrounds ideas and information. Where they came from, how they have evolved, and which parts need to stay connected so they can hold together and stand the test of time.

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Trace Back In Time – to tie together

What would it be like to trace the history of standards and technology adoption through time?

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I Love Typography

Steve Kehlet looks at Typography

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Change and Grow at Different Rates 2

In “A Request for Technology In Support of an AECOO Testbed”, (Architecture, Engineering, Construction, Owner and Operator) the buildingSMART alliance and Open Geospatial Consortium OGC envision: “… an idea around BIM as not simply a collection of files, or objects, but rather a collection of evolving business components and building systems, which grow and change […]

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Artomatic Begins

artomatic, kids, art project, collaboration, office building, by artists for everyone

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All the Buildings of Europe

Images from Massimiliano Condotta, Classification from the MACE project. Working on a tagging model Fig 2 Rappresentazione schematica della distribuzione dell’acqua nell’oasi. Schematic representation of water repartition in the oasis.

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History of Open Geometry Exchange

history of open geometry exchange, basis of slides for Towards Ontology-based Standards workshop at NIST

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Call for Mathematics and Design Papers

VI INTERNATIONAL MATHEMATICS & DESIGN CONFERENCE M&D-2010 June 07 – 11, 2010 Buenos Aires, Argentina DIRECTION OF THE CONFERENCE Dra. Vera W. de Spinadel SCIENTIFIC INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE Claudi Alsina Drumi Bainov Javier Barrallo Calonge Ubiratan d´Ambrosio Roberto Doberti Rosa S. Enrich Carlos Federico Dirk Huylebrouck Slavik Jablan Amadeo Monreal Janusz Rebielak Adela Salvador Alcaide Gunter […]

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Smart Grid / Dumb Grid

it seems possible that a Smart Grid could be achieved. However, the reality is some places barely can move power around still. Whats the best way for these places to be able to leap frog forward, skipping entire generations of innovation, to get directly to a Smart Grid, Smart City, Smart Buildings, Smart Building-to-Grid Interfaces?

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Semantic Web Section Drawings

There are no good drawings of the architecture of the Semantic Web. If traditional architectural drawings could be used instead, these could work: Tadao Ando Plan and Section EXAMINE/DYNAMIC duchamp/da vinci by Lauren Sideris Pugetia fragilissima and Pugetia firma, taxonomy and distinguishing characteristics Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

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Opposites

Matrix Loops Black and White, Available at the BigRugStore On the scale of everything that people have ever done and will ever do, multiple view points are always there. Tomorrow, Barack Obama will give a speech he wrote himself.  This is the opposite of the last president. Maybe the ability to play opposites against each […]

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Coming Together

 See Many Eyes by IBM for more 

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Digital Continuity

ABOVE: Nature-2 (rough).jpg @ 50% (Gray) BELOW: Untitled-1 @ 33.3% (Layer 4, Gray) Both by Bruce MacPherson, work-in-progress sketches for the MathFactory, for Gallagher & Associates Design Proposal ___________________ Below is the introduction from Time & Bits, Managing Digital Continuity edited by Margaret MacLean and Ben H. Davis, an eternity ago in 1998 for the […]

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23 MVDs

The National Building Information Modeling Standard will be comprised of different parts.  Works in progress to standardize certain ways of looking at things in the AEC/FM Architecture Engineering Construction Facility Management Industry are Model View Definitions using IFC Industry Foundation Classes and IFC based solutions for data exchange. Currently there are 23 MVD‘s in progress. […]

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Building Dictionaries

Geoconcepts Ontology, Skeleton Structure by avier Ruiz Aranguren at Trabajos Catastrales S.A. Two versions can be used: Geoconcepts Ontology v1.2, and v1.2 SWRL enhanced model. People are building dictionaries and ontologies all over the place today. For example, researchers at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid’s School of Computing are working on an original system for […]

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A Trail through SMARTcodes

Imagine taking a piece of door hardware all the way through the code review process: from an assembly of parts, to a hardware set, to a door, to an egress corridor, to a building, to the local building authority, the state, the country, and the world. 80 Series, Narrow Design, Sargent Co. MANUFACTURING STANDARDS American […]

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Open Standards / Commercial Technology

Benefits of Using the BIMstorm Process and OPS Onuma Planning System to develop Open Standards   Open standards for building and geospatial information are rapidly changing.  So much is being figured out at the same time its hard to know which of the many parallel tracks will eventually meet in the distance.  For example: Performance […]

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Convergence

Collages about linking huge amounts of open data in hyperbolic space. Individual images and links are below.   A&AStructuredBackgroundCombination Components starting with Michael K. Bergman on AI3 Adaptive Information, Adaptive Innovation, Adaptive Infrastructure. Not all components below are shown above. Lack of Road Signs Causes Collisions and Missed Turns (459)   One Possible Road Map […]

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Wishful Thinking

When members of the general public are faced with complex decisions, for example a medical situation for an elderly parent, all of the sudden there is a need to learn what a whole lot of new words mean and a compulsion to get up to speed with current research. The relevant words may be entirely […]

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Name, Rank, Facility Number

Download PDF Where Does All This Information Belong [ DMacPJBIM08 ] to appear in the Fall 08 online version of the Journal of Building Information Modeling ___________________________________ COMMENT FROM JACK PARK ON THE CODE TEMPLATE CONCEPT “I see this as a topic map question with a good query mechanism that would allow you to match […]

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Choosing Colors

  Looking at colors for the code/classification templates for the Building Service Performance Project at Ontolog. Sample building models provided courtesy of Kimon Onuma at Onuma Planning System which is used for BIMstorm. The basis of the color design is adapted from this brochure at the Sasquatch Music Festival. Comments welcome on the colors above, other examples […]

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What Does That Line Mean?

Architectural drawings contain graphical information explained in more detail in the specifications. For example, waterproofing is just a line on the drawings designated “WP” but up to 50 pages in the specifications.  Specifications became necessary when buildings got more complex, the entirety of the intended work results could not be captured in drawings without the […]

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This is a Test

[237] This [57] is [357] a test. Above are 3 definitions and 3 purple number locations for words in the phrase “This is a test.” Today, there is a wide selection of dictionaries to define what words mean, most public sources are correct enough to serve most users goals. However, as soon as the work […]

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Trace Continuous Threads

Yang’ge Dance Patterns and The Pastoral Dance Pattern by Mr. Isaac The diagrams above show dance patterns. Its easy to imagine how these shapes and places to put your feet could be drawn on a floor for dancers to follow. Experienced dancers could probably just look at the diagram and recreate the movements. By contrast, […]

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Residential vs Commercial

Conversation between Jim Disbrow and Deborah MacPherson regarding the component and community of interest we’re trying to build.  Metaphors comparing semantic architecture vs building architecture are presented on 2 levels: Residential vs Commercial. ___________________   RESIDENTIAL Details of the trademarked EuraCraft System at gutterspecialist.com JD: …for artists to understand and help depict relationships in semantic space….Building […]

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BIM tracking

Technology advances rapidly in nearly every industry. Yet, many tools and resources do not provide easy access or interpreted meaningful benefit to the general public. Some have said Accuracy&Aesthetics is developing a “building code” for semantic space based on building in the real world. For example, Building Information Modeling could have innumerable uses for museums […]

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BIMstorm.NBIMS.OGC.OOR.Flickr

There is a gathering storm to document space in the physical world that will eventually impact, or help to form and track, the development of the semantic world. Go see BIMstorm ~ here are some reports. BIMstorm is a series of spontaneous 24 hour long collaborations organized by the Onuma Planning System. The participants don’t […]

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Exponential Documentation vs Just Building

Compressive Transverse Section of a Typical Gothic Cathedral from Bearing Walls: Monolithic Masonry Construction, Columbia University People tend to assume the way things are done now is the way they have been done forever which is not always true. For example, the thrilling video Blaise Aguera y Arcas: Photosynth Demo shows a sequence where Flickr […]

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Tag Experiment

A selection of illustrations by Rockwell Kent, in Moby Dick, by Herman Melville, published by Random House, in 1930 are used herein as an experiment about tags. Written following the CSI format for architectural specifications by breaking into PARTS 1, 2, 3. ________________ PART 1 – GENERAL The National Gallery of Art presented a film […]

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Mixing Performance and Design Specifications

RE: Green building laws and regulations. Green Building, by TopLeftPixel, a daily dose of imagery In the real world of building architecture, some jurisdictions have performance bonds, payable to the jurisdiction, when projects do not achieve sustainable requirements. By contrast, sustainable information design does not have an equal to the LEED rating system, clear definition […]

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Record of a Project

A survey to track the needs of an historic renovation architectural project to see what public information is available about the property. The place is Strider Farm, a stone house built 1790 outside Harpers Ferry WV. National Registry of Historic Places Nomination Form Prepared by historian Michael J. Pauley Maintained and published at www.wvculture.org/shpo/nr/pdf/jefferson/87002524.pdf The […]

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Juxtaposing Dynamic Forms

Below are images from Dale Chihuly’s Gardens and Glass installed at botanical gardens all over the world. Perfect juxtapositions of beautifully crafted objects, once fluid and rapidly changing, now fixed in time. Purposefully and collaboratively placed in similar backgrounds. The living objects continue to slowly change and grow in ways that are impossible to observe […]

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GSA NSF Workshop

“It is probably true quite generally that in the history of human thinking the most fruitful developments frequently take place at those points where two different lines of thought meet. These lines may have their roots in quite different parts of human culture, in different times or different cultural environments or different religious traditions: hence […]

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Context of Codes

According to sustainable design architect William McDonough, in the world of building codes, context is all. THE HANNOVER PRINCIPLES 1. Insist on the right of humanity and nature to co-exist in a healthy, supportive, diverse and sustainable condition. 2000 Carbon Atoms in a Diamond Lattice James R. Morris, C. Z. Wang and K. M. Ho […]

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Specifying Public Information

If the construction of semantic space was an organized process like the construction of physical space, more consensus documents are needed. The real world, historical process of creating, promoting, and maintaining places for democracy to be conducted occurs in places and buildings around the world. The project map below shows a sample set of public […]

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CAD-GIS-BIM

May 11, 2007, Wayland, Massachusetts. The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC?) has issued a Request for Quotes/Call for Participation (RFQ/CFP) for the OGC Web Services, Phase 5 (OWS-5) Interoperability Initiative, a testbed to advance OGC’s open geospatial interoperability framework. Based on sponsor requirements, the OWS-5 initiative is organized as six threads over two initiative phases: 1. […]

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Sustainable Design in Semantic Space

ThePuristS To build consensus about the construction of semantic space, a reasonable approach could be to follow a parallel track with best practices of architecture in the real world. A vital topic in real world building architecture today is sustainable design. See this program: Sundance Channel, Big Ideas for a Small Planet Architect’s Statement: Waste […]

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AIA Google Earth

Building information modeling (BIM) and the architecture, engineering, and construction community (AEC) and now geographic information systems (GIS) community are embroiled in interoperability issues. Google Earth gives us a glimpse of what it may be like some day to find a museum and go in to the building. Now with the new alliance between Google […]

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Public Projects

Skyscraper Models you download, fold, and build yourself Wondering about the process of developing federal standards for the construction of semantic space the same way physical space is managed in cities with permit offices etc.: Is U.S. Government Outsourcing Its Brain’? According to the Wall Street Journal article Boom in Tech Contracts Sparks Complex Debate; […]

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Carefully building up to systematically destroy

Eventually opposing and extreme views will eventually cancel eachother out. The truth will be exposed because that is all that would be left.

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Errors and Ommissions

Stair Tread As-Built where the notch at the top is a detail mark on the drawing, Source Unknown, flew like wildfire around WDG Architecture another funny picture where the source is unknown is here   Deciding what information is shown versus specified for the construction and maintenance of semantic space needs to be coordinated. An […]

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Metaphors

  5.1 A Context Driven Topology is like a person, each one is unique, born, and was not here before. Even if each individual shares preferences and characteristics with other people, they have their own age and circumstances. Even twins sharing practically the same lifetime and most circumstances rarely behave the exact same predictable way. […]

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Look What is Happening

All around the world from popular culture games to the most advanced science, people are developing new ways to put groups of many things together to look at it as if it was one thing. Digital Earth is a visionary concept for “spaceship Earth” sparked by R. Buckminster Fuller, grokked by the Apollo astronauts returning […]

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Finishing Touches

If ideas and information can be cared for like a garden over long periods of time, we need simpler tools to assemble the essential elements and finishing touches needed to create memorable semantic spaces. The current digital world is not set up to cultivate reflective and contemplative places able to transcend any one person or […]

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World Overviews

Languages of the World Map edited by Raymond G. Gordon Jr. in 1995 for Ethnologue. Seeking permission to alter the graphic by marking the locations of the Board of Directors and develop a symbolic overlay to indicate the languages each person uses in the places they live and where they work. For example, Vera W. […]

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