Engaging ArcForm in Science and Technology Studies

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Abstract

ArcForm is a non-linear form of general-purpose human language. It is designed as an alternative to paragraphs of text for intellectual collaboration (Allsopp 2013). It combines three areas of notational value. 1) It is similar to natural language (NL): both in its expressiveness and in the way meanings are expressed. It also supports ways of being more precise than in normal prose text, but its foundation on natural language suggests that it is a form of NL on par with spoken and written form rather than a simple notation or an entirely new language. 2) It presents separate meanings/thoughts as separate though connected things/tokens (unitokenality), which, like geographical maps, both exploits our finely tuned visuospatial intuitions and allows the massive integration of content into a single representational artifact: a “Google Earth” of non geographical information. 3) It is based on a highly predictable syntax that allows meaning to be stored as structured data supporting structured querying/filtering and the dynamic (and interactive) generation of perspectives on content. It also allows individual meanings to be the objects of digital management and online social curation. This article explores two ways is which ArcForm may support STS research. Firstly, it suggests that through it’s human friendliness, ArcForm can support the further adoption of structured data as the object of STS research. Secondly and more importantly, it argues that with ArcForm’s expressiveness it will be able to map not only the relations between the objects of various sciences and technologies, but simultaneously map the interrelations of these relations with social, political, and cultural objects. Furthermore in relation to the second way, the article describes how shared ArcForm maps may support dispersed STS researchers in their negotiation of meaning.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2015
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Event2nd Nordic Science and Technology Studies (STS) Conference - AAU CHP, København, Denmark
Duration: 27 May 201529 May 2015
Conference number: 2

Conference

Conference2nd Nordic Science and Technology Studies (STS) Conference
Number2
LocationAAU CHP
CountryDenmark
CityKøbenhavn
Period27/05/201529/05/2015

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