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Transforming Static Websites into Mobile Wizdomes: enabling change through intertwining dynamic and configurative metaphors


Transforming Static Websites into Mobile "Wizdomes"
From "site" to "vehicle"
Paradigm shift: knowledge vs wisdom?
Paradox: closed system wisdom vs open system wisdom
"Wizdomes" -- beyond the drop-down menu
"Whizzing around" -- engaging with the songlines of the noosphere
Contrasting the metaphors of "website" and "wizdome"
Contrasting alternative metaphors: "cobweb" vs "hive"
Comparing the metaphors of "hive" and "wizdome"
Wizdome construction
Threads, rings and polyhedra
"Wising up" and "Unquenching"
Process: "whiz power" essential to "wiz power" or vice versa?
Alternative metaphors: varieties of relevant "dome"?
Comparing "honey" and "wisdom" -- a traditional metaphor
Embodiment of wisdom
Implication of the dynamics of Web 2.0 and the Semantic Web
"Unwisdom": proxies and surrogates as wisdom precursors
Case study: transforming this website
Future possibilities?

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There is the interesting possibility that "site" may come to be understood as a static outmoded metaphor for the manner in which people and collectives find it appropriate to engage with the universe of knowledge. Site implies a particular location, especially the location with which the web user has some involvement and which may be deliberately constructed as an articulation of individual or collective identity. From there one can travel to other locations which others have configured to represent their's.

However, whilst the "site" may reflect considerable effort in articulating a static identity -- whether or not it has interactive facilities analogous to those that might be expected in a person's house -- it says nothing about the dynamics of how a person moves and how identity may be associated with that. There may be links to other sites -- like travel books in a home library -- but the dynamics and style of that movement are only partially represented. Even more interesting is the question of "who" moves. There is a sense that an abstract entity, a "visitor", travels to other sites as an observer, a consumer, a tourist -- along the information highway. Possibly some form of link may be brought back -- like a photograph or memento. Arrangements may be made to "keep in touch" through an exchange of addresses. As the person responsible for a site, one may in turn make arrangements to receive such visitors.

The question asked in what follows is whether more fruitful understanding of these processes would emerge from changing metaphor.

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