This is the tool that we designed to share our research: a simple WordPress blog. This solution has three main features:
- The thesis is shared, and it won’t lay in a drawer or on a shelf
- Anybody can read it, both we and other people. Moreover, Google knows about it – though we should improve SEO
- We can see the relations and the links between different topics thanks to an organization system based on two main taxonomies: categories and tags, both man-defined during our research. This helps to reveal hidden connections and it’s a useful analysis tool.
Only in this way we can get the connection between different books, even old ones, and the current trends about social innovation, social business, makers and sustainability.
The random logic helps to determine “weak” relations as it gives birth to unknown connection between different authors: what does Muhammad Yunus and Adriano Olivetti has in common? Or Italian writer Luigi Pirandello with Chris Anderson? What’s the difference between the Olivetti’s idea of Community and the actual models coming from the Collaborative Economy and Social Innovation? Which the connections?
All this work is being published under an open license. Our choice are Creative Commons, because it fits better a wider set of contents, projects and systems. We want to keep a full-sharing open logic, but at the same time we want other people to do that: this is why our license is CC-BY-SA.
The minimum unit of the blog is called Post. It is organized according to two criteria:
- Category: it organizes contents in different macro-areas, according to a typological logic. It defines Sources, Project posts, Event posts. It is a strong relation, thus a Category defines a network Cluster.
- Tag: tags creates weak relation between posts in different categories. They are man-defined and they give birth to a crowded net of links between category clusters. The image on top shows an oversimplified correlation network for 18 posts in 3 categories: the coloumn on the right shows some posts from the set of posts defined by the links between a specific posts. These posts are choosen according to a random algorithm for three reasons:
- It diversifies correlation, preventing to display always-the-same posts defined by a higher node order (we did not want “the more the connection, the higher the relationship” logic)
- It prevents the “small-world-my-world” phenomeno that would appear using cookies to get user preferences
- It enhances serendipity while surfing the site, stimulating the mind of the user. Here comes the “weak” definition of the relation.
Usually, the post contain even a link to external resources (extLINK) that connects this blog to the web. At the beginning, this blog was born as a tool to take note of our sources and to help us make connections between our main topics in a semi-automated way. Thus, we decided to keep the external link, and even if it might interfere with our SEO, it won’t be the only thing.
Anyway, when we started to publish the articles of our thesis, we decided to add a second minimum unit called Tesi, and it falls under two taxonomies as well:
- Indice (index): subdivides the thesis in chapters and paragraphs. It a strong relations in place of Category.
- Tag: it’s the same “weak” relation we’ve seen for Posts, and in fact it’s shared among the two units. In this way, we can keep track of the connection between Posts, chapters, paragraphs and online Post.