Intertwingularity Mapping is the process of recording, componentizing, and organizing information such that nothing exists more than once and any information component can be included in any number of information assemblies for any kind of purpose and for any particular target audience(s).
Intertwingularity, in a general sense, means complexity of interrelations between anything in some domain of interest that can include any one of or any combination of information such as (for example):
- systems, software, hardware, requirements, change requests
- people, organizations, institutions
- projects, roles, responsibilities, tasks
- any kind of information/documentation/knowledge/content ad infinitum ...
Componentization is the process of atomizing (splitting, breaking down) information into separate, reusable, and semantically meaningful information components that can be easily recombined into information assemblies.
An Information Component is the smallest amount of granular information that does not need to be broken down any further and remains semantically meaningful and/or useful/purposeful by itself. An Information Component works best when it is as small as possible (but no smaller than needed) so that the entirety of it can be reused by combining it with other Information Components in whatever useful way.
A simple Information Assembly combines any number of Information Components. A complex Information Assembly (an "Information Super Assembly"?) combines some Information Assembly with any number of other Information Assemblies and/or any number of Information Components. Like any Information Component, an Information Assembly should be semantically meaningful and/or useful/purposeful by itself.
From the Open Knowledge Foundation:
What Do We Mean by Componentization?
Componentization is the process of atomizing (breaking down) resources into separate reusable packages that can be easily recombined.
From TiddlyWiki: (my favourite tool for Intertwingularity Mapping !!!)
The Philosophy of Tiddlers
The purpose of recording and organizing information is so that it can be used again. The value of recorded information is directly proportional to the ease with which it can be re-used.
The philosophy of tiddlers is that we maximize the possibilities for re-use by slicing information up into the smallest semantically meaningful units with rich modelling of relationships between them. Then we use aggregation and composition to weave the fragments together to present narrative stories.
Tiddlers are the fundamental units of information in TiddlyWiki.
Tiddlers work best when they are as small as possible so that they can be reused by weaving them together in different ways.
Intertwingularity is a term coined by Ted Nelson to express the complexity of interrelations in human knowledge.
What Modular Documentation Is
Modular documentation is documentation based on modules, which the writer combines into assemblies. An assembly can also include other assemblies.
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