A key goal of Cosma is to have a 3D interface to enable truly spatial “Knowledge Navigation”of the Knowledge Resources hosted on the Cosma Web site. It would be impossible to overstate the centrality of the concept of Knowledge Navigation to Cosma. The project is founded upon the premise that when knowledge is intuitively (re)organized, and then presented in a spatial format, everyone can easily master it. This premise has driven the development of Cosma, and that is why this site features Worlds for you to use to explore this Web site and others. You can find out a lot more about the history of the ongoing quest to provide a 3D interface to Cosma on the Worlds Challenge page. 1
knowledge navigation : to steer a course through the body of truth, information, and principles acquired by humankind — M. E. Hopper
These are links to pages about closely related subjects.
1. One stop in the saga of Mary E. Hopper’s mission to enable truly spatial knowledge navigation took her to MIT where she developed content for a presentation and a short course during her Post Doc in Comparative Media Studies.
Hopper, M. E. (1998, October). Hypertext in historical context: Vannevar Bush and Ted Nelson revisited. Media-in-Transition Project / Communications Forum, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA.
Hopper, M. E. (2000, January). Knowledge systems 101: From Alexandria to Hitchhiker’s Guide [Short Course]. Independent Activity Period (IAP), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA.
Hopper’s obsession with Knowledge Navigation has gone so far as to lead to making up a significant percentage of her New Media Museum! In actuality, that museum is truly a sister project to Cosma at the deepest level. Here are links to the part of the collection related to Knowledge Navigation (Navigation, Trailblazers, Service, Hypermedia, World).