A Pragmatic Schematic
Posted by cadsmith on August 17, 2007
Users don’t have to be immersed in a multiverse world to complete a guided quest. With the help of the SW, proxies, handy devices, & 3D, their everyday experiences become more adventurous.
Dynamic knowledge capture functions currently may begin with screen scraping, scripts, logs, tables, spreadsheets, relational DBs, APIs, hyperlinks, operating systems & services. People then like to be able to project their own perceptual & imaginative capabilities into the systems that they have to use. This can be seen, for example, from the popularity of user mods that videogame vendors offer where the player can sometimes wear a developer hat.
Take a tablet PC with the capability of recognizing its position & orientation so that it can be held up as a lens into relevant information domains & dynamic metadata flows. These become mobile scopes that allow interactive tactile changes to display scales & styles among spatial/temporal/energetic descriptions, with augmented digital or actual data capture in real environments, ability to markup & annotate scenes possibly using handwriting or voice, with easy gestures for survey, snapshot & splash, power sources adapting to surrounding constraints & they can be operationally loaded from dataspace for new functions given authorization mechanism. These & more static displays also allow reviewing databases & sources using different perspectives & lenses on the H/I/D/E axes.
There may be several common types of trusted worlds now seen on desktops & web 2.0 ports. The office might offer exploration of a communication model among contacts, tasks, schedules, journals & media. The lab has test plans, reports, summaries, resource types, equipment & vendors. Homes have entertainment domains overlapped for media, art, music, movies, finances, maintenance & repair. Other human or software proxies roam the information formats to alert the user & each other about interesting occurrences. They run apps, configure devices, act as a PDA, spot trends, & identify dilemmas. Network admins keep the thing running smoothly. The user is also a proxy for their specialties & responsibilities in the professional & social networks.
This evolution from the organization to the web portal to the users themselves presents a monster mashup of capabilities that can mix & match sources to provide new utility & better meet the needs of customers & markets. Online standards & methodologies help maintain a consistently improving quality of service. Standards overlap with semantic search. Questions occur about what exists, how is it used, what are the issues, & what’s missing. Add the ongoing edits, membership additions & balloting procedures. How does language adapt, e.g. will one have a sense of invertigo when there is an IM from btube addressed from a germinator about a need reported by the xy (pronounced “zee” as in proxy) & further described immersively in hali? There are examples from the semantic traits of musicians & artists where there are often crossovers or orthogonal influences so that roots develop in new directions & previously unfulfilled ontologies emerge to gain popularity, e.g. the future of classic techno metal in a digitally synthesized naturally emoted world. Holding the tablet up might selectively reveal scenes from many different performers occupying the same locations in various slices with lyrics, tunes, graphics & moves linked between their own & others’ pieces over time.
With respect to test systems, these are often loosely coupled within & between departments & organizations. A semantic solution would have a way to discover where things are, such as networks, relationships, & activities which can be pre-defined, ad hoc, &/or short-term. It is useful to be able to formalize results across subsystems, e.g. labs, benches, computer rooms, hardware, SQA, support, service, & manufacturing since it is possible to have a lot of changing of staff & roles as well as equipment & components under test. Vendors offer rental measurement equipment & virtual computer platforms. Firms may have local formats for planning, analysis, reporting. It is good to have ways to compare across locations, e.g. for benchmarks or similar pieces or factors. Some industries may have regulatory conformance rules that design, development & test are serial or parallel phases of. They would look for improvements in quality, efficiency, & costs. Coordinating offshore sources, or providing services for remote locations is also beneficial. Industries track interactions for their own finances, associations & markets track across industries. This constructs a notion of a test ecosystem to complement issues experienced in practice, e.g. in emerging markets or developing countries seeking broader distribution. Online methodologies make it easier for local people to adapt to their requirements, or else contributors travel as skills migrate across projects. Information feeds back to prediction about product & service experience over time, so that they are built to fit markets better & improve quality to cost ratio. Technical mathematics & economic models that support these activities may also be of interest in research. The ongoing balance that arises among the proofs, conjectures, media, discussions, tools & users invites further efforts at making the good things happen.