Managing complexity in Cohere

Cohere is a research platform being developed by the Hypermedia Discourse group, at the intersection of social bookmarking, annotation, concept/argument mapping, and online structured deliberation. It was a winner in the Mozilla Labs Jetpack for Learning Design Challenge, and selected for the opening night’s exhibition at the recent Mozilla Drumbeat Festival.

As Michelle explains in more detail on the Cohere blog, we are releasing new features at a fair rate of knots as part of the OLnet collective intelligence research programme in which, amongst things, we have been stress-testing the system for scaleability and putting it through its paces in a multi-analyst + machine annotation exercise:

“The Cohere website has new updates…

  1. Website entries can now be public or private and can be added to groups.
  2. The speed of the Network view should have improved dramatically!
  3. New Social Network view
  4. Network Searching
  5. Coming Soon – Agents!”

In a nutshell, while we can now load significant semantic networks in a practical amount of time, like…

…what you really need are powerful ways to filter it, using semantic lens such as our structural search…

…and then set an agent to watch the network for interesting developments…

Recent articles to go deeper…

De Liddo, Anna and Buckingham Shum, Simon (2010). Cohere: A prototype for contested collective intelligence. In: ACM Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW 2010) – Workshop: Collective Intelligence In Organizations – Toward a Research Agenda, February 6-10, 2010, Savannah, Georgia, USA

Buckingham Shum, Simon and De Liddo, Anna (2010). Collective intelligence for OER sustainability. In: OpenED2010: Seventh Annual Open Education Conference, 2-4 Nov 2010, Barcelona, Spain

Buckingham Shum, Simon (2008). Cohere: Towards Web 2.0 Argumentation. In: Proc. COMMA’08: 2nd International Conference on Computational Models of Argument, 28-30 May 2008, Toulouse, France

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