This book looks at relationships between the organization of
physical objects in space and the organization of ideas.
Historical, philosophical, psychological and architectural
knowledge are united to develop an understanding of the
relationship between information and its representation.
Despite its potential to break the mould, digital information
has relied on metaphors from a pre-digital era. In particular,
architectural ideas have pervaded discussions of digital
information, from the urbanization of cyberspace in science
fiction, through to the adoption of spatial visualizations in the
design of graphical user interfaces.
This book tackles:
- the historical importance of physical places to the
organization and expression of knowledge
- the limitations of using the physical organization of objects
as the basis for systems of categorization and taxonomy
- the emergence of digital technologies and the twentieth century
new conceptual understandings of knowledge and its
- the concept of disconnecting storage of information objects
from their presentation and retrieval
- ideas surrounding 'semantic space'
- the realities of the types of user interface which now dominate
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