Introducing Knowtons - Particles of Knowledge
Evidently, Google has recently released a new service called Knols Wiki.
I prefer a term of my own creation: "knowton" (rhymes with "proton"). You can think of it as a particle (or yes, unit) of knowledge, or something knowable.
What is the essence of a knowton?
- It is something describable or expressible.
- It is usually something nameable or identifiable.
What are some characteristics of knowtons?
- They can be related to other knowtons
- They can often be broken down into other knowtons
Examples of knowtons:
A knowton is something you could ask a question about:
- "What is ‘that’?"
- "Who is ‘that’?"
- "Where is ‘that’?"
- "What does ‘that’ mean?"
Information devices that contain knowtons include (but are certainly not limited to):
- glossaries or dictionaries
- wiki pages
- credits in a movie
- high school yearbooks (people)
- phonebooks (people and businesses)
- web pages
- radio and television programs
- or basically, any source of information with identifiable units of "askability"
When expressed in electronic systems, a knowton can have attributes:
- numbers or codes
- Example: geocoding (latitude and longitude)
- URLs (similar to URIs)
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What do you think? Do you like the term "knowton?"