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Polyscopic Topic Maps in Flexible E-learning and Collaborative Knowledge Creation


By murray - Posted on 20 March 2007

In a recent assessment, Tim Berners-Lee predicted that “The most exciting discoveries will come from the serendipitous combination and integration of data drawn from diverse sources.” 1. It is now of central and I would say global importance to develop both the technical tools and the ways of using them which will allow insights and expertise from distinct and now fragmented fields of knowledge to be integrated and clearly understood.

In this lecture I will show how this challenge may be met by combining polyscopy (a system of methodological ideas developed at the University of Oslo 2, 3) with Topic Maps and Wikis. I will also offer a strategic point, namely that the presented approach allows us to apply the expertise in Topic Maps where Norway has competitive edge, to a key cultural and market need.