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Global Quality Navigation System (GQS): participative enhancement of aesthetic discovery

Commentary on possibility of participative, open source quality exploration.

Global Quality Navigation System (GQS)
Challenge: enabling qualitative experience and exploration
Creation of a web-based facility
Contrast to current web-based approaches
Qualitative learning and development
Conceptual issues
Example: Potential contribution of symmetry and the mathematics of group theory

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Summary of proposal

The value of a Global Positioning System (GPS) to determine physical location on the surface of the planet is now undisputed. A somewhat analogous system is proposed here to facilitate location within the qualitative "space" defined by possible aesthetic and sensual experience.

Prior to the existence of GPS, it was indeed possible to determine position and to navigate the surface of the planet from there. This depended primarily on familiarity with a local environment and the use of maps relating that environment to neighbouring environments and to the surface of the planet as a whole.

It is indeed possible to navigate the qualitative sensual worlds of taste, sound, colour and smell with the aid of a range of conventional tools. These are primarily dependent on word-of-mouth and personal experience -- facilitated and manipulated by advertising -- making it challenging (and possibly costly and disappointing) to explore beyond a habitual sensual environment.

The approach described in what follows makes use of well-established, participative, web-based, open source, information management techniques to collect and organize aesthetic options for any to explore. The emphasis is on enabling access to richer experience, possibly combining several sense experiences. It is believed that such qualitative patterns will offer insights into new approaches to knowledge organization -- potentially of great significance for psycho-social organization in the emerging knowledge-based society.