Session 3

Reading, writing, and publishing a massive online hypertext

Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 5:30 PM

CQUni Melbourne (Central Queensland Uni, Melbourne Campus)

Session 3 covers three things about the hypertext: (1) how it reflects scholarly/scientific understanding, (2) how this is implemented and may be published, and (3) my apps toolkit. Download draft presentation slides for Session 3 here.

Formalizing claims to scholarly and scientific knowledge

Scholars draw and build on prior knowledge assumed to be "reliable" to construct deeper/more comprehensive claims to describe/understand reality. For these newly constructed claims to be accepted as reliable knowledge they normally pass through at least three cycles of hypothesis and error elimination before formal publication: personal review and criticism in drafting, team review and criticism, and formal peer review. Claims that survive the third cycle of peer review are published in the formal literature and are normally considered to be reliable unless found to be unreliable in further use within the knowledge society.



What is hypertext? How have I used it in this book? How have I used it in associated presentations?

In the World Wide Web hypertext is used to create live links between web pages so one can easily navigate through a sizable fraction of the world of knowledge. My text uses these links in a various ways support and extend my narrative.


My tool-kit of applications

Almost anyone with a computer can use the same tools I used - especially if you wish to argue against my claims based on more evidence!


The last big thing about writing long lasting hypertexts is knowing how to build robust links.