There are so many different aspects of information that are so incredibly fascinating. I am hoping to start giving my thoughts some better structure by implementing network theory as my high-level information manager. Being so high level, I expect it to remain largely theoretical, all while the goal is to pull out a few ways to control and predict specific aspects of semantic information (meaningful metrics). The purpose is to generate alternative ways to understand the semantic information that we encounter online.
Goal #1: Apply network theory to multiple networks and multiple dimensions of information in an attempt to articulate the multidimensionality of information networks.
I knew that the idea of “multidimensionality” had to exist. Thank you Dr. Karine Nahon for tweeting about it.
“…a fully multidimensional network is one that includes multiple types of relations both among the same types of nodes and between different types of nodes. Thus, a fully multidimensional network has multiple types of connections among all possible types of entities.”
Continuing my lust for Dr. Luciano Floridi’s work on the philosophy of information, there are two obvious dimensions of information that I am particularly interested in: the five information classifications and the three aspects of biological information.
Within those two distinct yet completely intertwined dimensions, the nodes, I expect, will become quite complex. I also expect to apply aspects of complex adaptive theory onto, particularly, the aspects of biological information, primarily because complex adaptive systems are used to understand the relationships between social networks.
I expect to apply various aspects of systems science onto the five information classifications. Each of these classifications and my expected sub-classifications of information will makeup nodes; there will be sub-nodes where data that I collect from my research will be plugged in, with the objective of observing the behavior of the multidimensional network.
The objects that I plan on including into this network include specific pieces of semantic media and the people who consume them. I wish to perform analysis on different styles of semantic information. One style will be Wikipedia articles, and another focus will include political news articles. Each of the respective articles will be juxtaposed with the same source of articles, and later I will include additional sources to diversify the research. Eventually I plan on analyzing multiple types of semantic information sources which will greatly complicate the the multidimensional network.
In order to increase the complexity of this multidimensional network, people will also be part of my research. I will juxtapose two additional dimensions: one being the relationships between people and the semantic media that they consume. The second will be the documented retrospective analysis of how this multidimensional network categorizes the same semantic information.
In retrospect I want to further elaborate on relationships, taking care of my applied notion of complexity.
1. information classifications: As independent yet open-loop systems each existing as a node; but as I mentioned, each of these nodes is likely to include multiple sub-nodes.
1.1. general types as they objectively exist and can be meaningfully applied to an information system.
1.2. biologically inferred types of information as they relate to biological organisms with perception and memory.
1.3. see 2.3 below
2. people: As independent yet open-loop systems each existing as a node. Most of my expected data will come from the relationships between information classifications and how they affect people.
2.1 The informee (one who is being informed) will have applied aspects of information retrieval. I expect people to have varying degrees of knowledge about a specific topic as it relates to the piece of semantic media that they consume. I expect that information classifications, especially their relative and perceived value, will change according to their A) prior knowledge and B) expected knowledge.
2.2. The informer (one who is intelligently crafting information from data and/or information).
2.3. Information, misinformation, and disinformation: A distinct sub-project of my work will include the analysis of these three aspects of persuading people. Contrary to communication science, misinformation and/or disinformation are perceived as information until said information can be retrospectively compared to a different yet similar network of information, misinformation, and/or disinformation. I also expect the behavior of the five information classifications to greatly change according to the use of misinformation and disinformation. I further expect, that instead of information, misinformation, and disinformation existing as distinct concepts, that they actually exist on a multidimensional spectrum, much like the lines of species of animals is blurred because of their distinctive evolution.
3. data as it relates to information, particularly how data affects information but information’s inability to affect data (directly). I expect to find that information can only affect data once information is understood by an information consumer who is then able to intelligently interpret and organize data.
Each of the above dimensions, also being composed of specific and different aspects of each dimension, will have distinct relationships with each of the other dimensions, including each of the nodes (or objects) and sub-nodes of each of the dimensions. As you may presume, this will quickly become very complex, and complex in different ways (sorry for being vague here–more expectations and more to explore!).
Each of these relationships will aim to answer many of my questions about information.