S P E C I A L S E S S I O N
(on behalf of the key-noter Noel Brown)
Proposing a Conceptual Superstructure
Work-Report of a Vision to explore issue-scapes like virtual landscapes
by making use of Surveyors' abilities and Views
PREFACE - INTRODUCTION - ORIENTATION of this keynote :
Noel Brown 1994 requested from science (surveyors and remote sensing specialists in particular) to: (emphasis Heiner Benking)
The proposed Conceptual Superstructure proposed here allows:
- establish common frames of reference to better gauge the human prospectus,
- develop a common understanding of the state of the environment,
- find unprecedented levels of global co-operation, common strategies for shaping a future, which is prosperous, equitable and sustainable,
- mobilise our best and brightest,
- harness our considerable scientific capabilities, the development of our most advanced technologies, those which enable us to study more systematically and in real time - just how the earth really works,
- initiate a more solid scientific foundation for the policies and strategies necessary for Earth System Management, and the design and maintenance of a sustainable future.
- transdisciplinary panning and zooming with varying foci
- interaction along and across hierachical scales
- documentation and more transparency, and
- communication within common frames of reference.
Proposing a Conceptual Superstructure - A Work-Report of a Vision
to explore issue-scapes as virtual landscapes by making use of surveyors' abilities and Views
A conception is presented to organise and visually access data and bodies of knowledge in their specific context. Hyperlinks between two reference systems (a topographical landscape and a thematic and fictive (land)scape allow uniform retrieval in one conceptual scaffold. Interface design theory and discussions on mental models and cognitive viewpoints form the theoretical aspect of the paper. Practical considerations range from knowledge organisation to the design of a world-view, which is consistent, comprehensive, and allows detailing with variable foci and theme compositions.
The objective is to counteract missing perception of time and magnitudes and address terminological bias by increasing awareness about scales, proportions and consequences through conceptualisation and imagination. Applications in education and resource management are especially suited to improve the conception and test its acceptance or usefulness.
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