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 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 information and knowledge acquired by humankind — M. E. Hopper
This 360° image is the first in a series of Toy Worlds for exploring knowledge!
Click on objects to find out about them.
Use the menu or doors to visit other Toy Worlds.
You can also explore this Toy World on Kuula.
Learn more about Toy Worlds on this page.
There is also a Welcome Area in Second Life. If you have a SecondLife account and software, then you can click the image below to explore the Welcome Area and the four other rooms (Solar Extremes, Gaia’s Greenhouse, World Travel Lounge and Walk-in-Art).
There is also a much older site that is an archive of the Knowledge Places (K-Places) project. The project began in 2006 and covered more than a million sq. meters of land in Second Life. The sites were made up of thematically organized spaces that used a variety of metaphors (Port, Park, Plaza, Pier, Palace and Paradise). You can find out much more about the overall project on the K-Places page.
The largest archival site is K-Park — it preserves the spaces and objects that were an interface to the Knowledge Realms on the Cosma Web site.
There is also a “sky-space” situated above the ground-level sites — it preserves the spaces and objects that were an interface to the Knowledge Forms on the Cosma Web site.
Click on this image to explore it.
Here is a video of an extended walk-through of the K-Places archival sites.
This map shows where the archival sites are in Linden Village. If you have a Second Life account and the software is installed on your computer, then you can click the map to teleport there.
These are links to pages about closely related subjects.
1. One stop in the saga of M. E. Hopper’s mission to enable truly spatial knowledge navigation took her to MIT where she developed content for a presentation, proposal and 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. (1999, December). MIT E-Knowledge System: A Systematic Approach to Improving Academic Enterprises at MIT and Beyond [Proposal]. Submitted to iCampus, 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).