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.
The Sundance Program “Waste is Food” shows architect William McDonough and ecological chemist Michael Braungar revamping manufacturing industries worldwide.
They ask, how can all industrial waste be re-used? Nike, Herman Miller, and other forward thinking manufacturers are designing new products, and redesigning existing products, to have more efficient geometry and chemically pure materials to break their products down into reusable and recyclable components.
Luckily, this process has also aided the assembly process also which helps the business bottom line. Hopefully the idea will spread.
Now = what is waste in the semantic world? What can be reused and recycled versus thrown away.
The following are proposed as information waste:
Duplicated data or processing efforts
Untrue, Uninteresting, Unneccessary
Out of date or superceded from above
How can information waste be made into food? Can better geometry and assembly/disassembly processes be used to improve data packing, shipping, storage, functions, and reuse?
What are the design criteria for information that should be thrown away after nobody has looked at it or needed it for x, y, or z period of time?
What are the system migration and updating requirements for information that is created for and available to the general public? How do we turn back in what has worn out and get new or updated versions?
Need to build a consensus on what constitutes and characterizes sustainable information design. Bringing together a group of artists, scientists, and to discuss would be a good start.