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DRAFT Semiotic Architecture for NES

Larry Victor  12/16/2005


            This is VERY ROUGH, constructed in part from memory of lost files.  I hope it gives you a good first impression of how I envision the functioning of NES.  This does not include ideas of how we attract people to NES.  How we get this started is a challenge I have yet to even get a hint of solution. Add your comment on this item1
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david-bradenPerson was signed in when posted
02:56 PM ET (US)
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Larry, in case your lost files includes the Quick topic on my first draft, here it is:


We will get started by contacting people who are concerned about problems with the educational system, people who already have content to post into NES and people who might want to contribute to development of the platform.

You will need to describe the goal of NES in terms of your LQE ideas as the initial introduction. Start with an executive summary of no more than 500 words post it on O.net, PM everyone you know on O.net that would be interested, and start sending it to others, outside O.net, that you would like to provide content.


            CORE  SemSys for NES Add your comment on this item2


            At the file/ops level, NES will consist of a network of linked sems and semwebs.  There will be multiple levels of secure access to this core, from guest through levels of membership to sysops and owners. Add your comment on this item3
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Larry VictorPerson was signed in when posted
12:44 PM ET (US)
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The system proposed here will have use beyond what might formally be called education or intentional learning. I could be a medium for correspondence and dialog, and for the planning and implementation/management of projects.

The initial system may lack features of later systems. If possible, the design should facilitate integration of the old with the new, without constraining the new too much.

Since the concept of sem and semweb a most general, this core could evolve into a general architecture for use of cyberspace (or at least much of it).


            All guests, to gain access will need to register as potential members; but initial access is FREE. Add your comment on this item4


            Full members pay a $US base subscription fee, depending on intent/extent of use and ability to pay. Add your comment on this item5
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Larry VictorPerson was signed in when posted
04:13 PM ET (US)
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A while back I realized that users of cyberspace should "pay" for what they use, including information. The concept of "free" information was naive. Yet, the system should be such that a user can "earn" access without having to pay through conventional monetary systems. Those able to pay $US to support the system should feel priviledged to have the opportunity. The unemployed (with library computers) can gain access and earn AP credits.

I still take advantage of free pdf download of books. I would prefer a shareware system where a small cost would be initial and if I found the book really valuable I could pay more. But, this is for docs outside the NES system proposed here.
david-bradenPerson was signed in when posted
03:02 PM ET (US)
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If we keep the subscription fee small enough, we can ask those who are very able to pay to sponsor others who are not able to pay.

I was also thinking that there are a number of existing sems that were produced, for example, for PBS. All of that material could be added immediately if the producers share of the subscription fees would be adequate.
Larry VictorPerson was signed in when posted
12:51 PM ET (US)
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/m5 We need to brainstorm many alternative subscription schemes. The concept of "sponsorship" is good. Would this be done by creating a scholarship fund to which people without financial resources could apply? What if the number of needy applicants exceeds the resources of the scholarship fund?

Scholarship members may be asked to earn their subscription by extra labor for the system where they don't earn AP credit.
Larry VictorPerson was signed in when posted
12:59 PM ET (US)
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/m5 There are many sems on the internet that will be part of the sems of NES. In addition to PBS, there are all the courses from Harvard or MIT (I don't remember which).

Many NES sems will include links to sems outside NES. We need to explore the criteria by which a pre-existint sem is part of NES (and a copy within the NES system or only linked. Some owners of external (to NES) sems linked may eventually begin their own charging system for use - as exists already for many sources. The financial value of sems and linking privildges are part of the evolving intellectual property debate.

Do we wish to distinguish re credit those sems created for NES and those imported. Most imported sems would be components of NES semwebs that seaf the user with all the sems of the semweb.


            An alt/credit/currency database system records user activity - this is NOT in $US, or even as "alt-money", but as "Access Privilege" or AP. Add your comment on this item6


            To access and read/study a sem, "costs" the user's AP account. This includes any interactive (as distinct from participatory) response to the sem that is integral to processing the sem (or semweb). This "cost" is distributed through the AP system, part to the creator(s) of the sem and part to NES for "administrative costs". Add your comment on this item7


            Participation in Evaluation of a sem "gains" some credit for the user; thus reducing their AP net cost. Add your comment on this item8


            To add a new sem or semweb "gains" credit for the member's AP account.   So does activity proposing modifying a sem for improvement. Some of this may be organized in projects (represented by created sems) and performed. In this case both the creator of an improvement project gains AP credit as do the participants in the project. Add your comment on this item9


            All proposed sems are NOT automatically accepted; a democratic system somewhat similar to Wikipedia will be needed - but it should be as open as possible; with safeguards to disruptive postings.  Participation in sem proposal evaluation also gains participants AP credit. Add your comment on this item10


            If, in the creation of a sem a member accesses other sems, there is a balancing of costs and gains - all handled by the system. Add your comment on this item11


            Thus, by contributing a member gains access to the work of others.  Initially, all activity is conducted online. Add your comment on this item12


            If a user incurs a debt in the AP system, at some point they need to perform tasks in projects to gain AP credit.  Some of these tasks will be seafing tasks in outsourcing by major sem producers. Add your comment on this item13


            After a free introductory period, guests are charged $US to access sems (if they chose not be become members and pay the subscription fee).  Repeat access to the same sem are free, up to a point.   When a guest user elects to apply for membership and is approved, they enter the internal AP accounting system.  The $US and AP systems are related and data is kept of all use.  Some special semwebs require $US as well as AP credit for members. Add your comment on this item14


            NES is transparent, with some privacy. Add your comment on this item15
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Larry VictorPerson was signed in when posted
04:19 PM ET (US)
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This is but one of many complex issues that must be attended to. Others include security and backups - and the easy ability of a contributor to download all of their creations for private security, if desired.

There may be a utility of creating the ability for a member to contribute anonymously, or even having multiple aliases, but the AP record should have accesss to the person's real identity.


            TAXONOMY OF SEMS & SEMWEBS Add your comment on this item16


            There are different types of categories of sems and semwebs. Add your comment on this item17


            Some sems are instructional in the use of the system, and are usually free; although those who create and improve them gain AP credit. Add your comment on this item18


            Some sems are scripts, which prescribe tasks the user is to perform.  The member (guest)  pays AP  ($US) for those scripts where THEY gain for themselves, as in learning and training scripts.  When the scripts are seafing scripts to seaf others, they gain AP credit in performing the seafing scripts.  Those seafed (who initially created the seafing scripts for their needs) pay AP credit when their scripts are seafed.  Thus a person gain AP credit for creating a seafing script to benefit themselves BUT they pay AP credit to those who perform those scripts.  There is no AP cost for a person to access and perform a seafing script. Add your comment on this item19


            Some scripts are instructions to access Educational Entertainment in Cyberspace - like paying to go to a movie - but with a difference. Add your comment on this item20


            Designers of special semwebs will outsource some of their construction tasks via scripts (in Projects).  IF a semweb may have $US commercial value, participants may get "shares" of $US profits. Add your comment on this item21


            Some semwebs are Learning or LORDD Expeditions, with substantial AP cost -- but also opportunity to create (individually and in teams) sems for AP credit. Add your comment on this item22


            Some elaborate Learning Expeditions can ask for $US payment, in addition to AP cost, for both guests and NES members. Add your comment on this item23


            SEAFING SCRIPTS IN NES Add your comment on this item24


            Quality learning is seafed. Add your comment on this item25


            One of the motivations for persons to create semwebs is not only for $US or AP credit for access to learning, but to gain credit to "buy" seafing skills for THEIR work. Add your comment on this item26


            Semweb developers will seek evaluators of their Beta Testing products. Add your comment on this item27


            PROJECT DESIGN & MGT APPS Add your comment on this item28


            In addition to the AP accounting system, there will be a related Project Design and Mgt system that will facilitate coordination of tasks. Add your comment on this item29


            A semweb for NES could be a Venture proposal. Add your comment on this item30


            NES CURRICULUM Add your comment on this item31


            One gateway to NES will appear as an "traditional" online educational resource, with courses, seminars, conferences, including RT/DT. Add your comment on this item32


            Any member can propose and facilitate a Curriculum Track of sems. Add your comment on this item33


            Larry/nuet will contribute his tracks for learning about NU and EaseMen. Add your comment on this item34


            Semwebs will be created to seaf those desiring to learn to create Courses and Curriculum Tracks. Add your comment on this item35


            MEMBERSHIP COMMUNITY Add your comment on this item36

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            No matter how successful all the above may be, the whole will not succeed unless many NES members bond in NU communities. Add your comment on this item38


            Person to Person contact and dialog MUST be seafed; not just mechanically, but with PERSONAL contacts. Add your comment on this item39


            This includes a web of sems to probe members as to their unique individual differences - a SelfStudyProject.  This information is secure to the person and to a few at NES, but is available to tailor the members access and can be used in statistical studies. Add your comment on this item40


            PLATFORM OWNERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT Add your comment on this item41

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            There is a considerable amount of Planning prior to the launching of the above model for a nu NES. Add your comment on this item43


            Can this NES Venture seek investment capital, or should we seek labor capital? Add your comment on this item44


            What domains of expertise are needed as to the viability of the many aspects?  What can Wikipedia instruct us? Add your comment on this item45