Where do we go from here ?

International CODATA Symposium on Multimedia in Science and Technology, MIST 2005

European Academy, Berlin, Germany September 19-20, 2005

This interdisciplinary Symposium is organized by CODATA, the Committee on Data for Science and Technology of the
International Council of Science / ICSU



Using Maps and Models, SuperSigns and SuperStructures

Heiner Benking


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Multimedia representations include coded and non-coded data, unique is only the representation of different signs, or sign and frame systems like: Symbols, Icons, Indexes and their specific situation and context. (see concepts and context mapping [1] and viewpoint transportation systems [2])

Aware of broader ways and means to represent, display and construct meaning in seamless or connected realms it seems even more mandatory to embody, inhabit, contextualise, share and transcend multiple common frames of reference [3]. See also multi-modal [2]

Dennis Wood defines Maps as Supersigns [6] Benking, Judge, Uhlir [7] have proposed a "Conceptual Superstructure" 1994, The question is can conceptual or cognitive maps and models be be structured as a or "space-scapes and "hyperframes" (see CODATA 1994 Chambery [4] and work around GLOBAL CHANGE [5].

If we agree on locations or artificial spaces for coded- and non-coded data: sign- or media references, we can share orienting generalizations and outline such an extra and embodied broader covenant [8]


Questions covered:

  • Can a meta- or orienting generalization in form of models help to go beyond a certain "one-and-only" & "correct" THEORY OF EVERYTHING (TOE) and KNOWING EVERYTHING replaced by a concert of positions and perspectives in agreed upon "fields" so we can make one-eyed visions obvious and support "concerts" of independent stakeholders (in shared conceptual "realities"?
  • Can we find "shared" - multi-modal - communicative" Orders?
  • Can we apply the tremendous opportunities of virtual reality to construct dynamic, interactive, fluent, morph-able models ?
  • Can we develop expertise of generalists and specialists of many trades, cultures and media, and languages who can develop common treats listen, translate, and transcend?
  • Are we prepared for the postmodern challenges of Cyberculture?

The paper presents a work report and the design of a communication space for the exact and fine arts, various representations and media, cultures and languages as exercised with youth since the early 90ies. It looks into barriers in our thinking and presenting and tries with examples to overcome our thinking boxes, media, cultures, faculties, and times by making use of a combination system and model, sign and media theory through an pragmatic, educational "spin".

Pls. see: some Internet-LINKS and References "to go":


[1] see KNOWMAP and there C.S. Peirce & Signs:

COUNIL OF ERUROPE 1995 Meta-Paradigm: genre/benking/ieee-metadata-99.htm

[2] uiu_plus/isss98/house-of-eyes.htm




[6] see 2.8 at:

Denis Wood (1992/1993) The power of maps]

[p.113-114, The Interest Lies in Signs and Myths;

[p.117, The Interest Lies in Signs and Myths; Wood

[p.144-145, Sign Has a History; Wood (1992/1993)