PORT WORKSHOP
ICCS 2004

Workshop Rationale and Perspective

PORT (Peirce On-line Resource Testbeds) has the challenge of coordinating archive resource creation and maintenance in network-based collaborative contexts, so that participants can follow work being done and can contribute effectively. Collaborative resource creation work will increase demand for software and hardware instruments as more participants become involved in further resource development, production and customizing.

Last year, at the PORT workshop in Dresden, we had a long discussion about what theoretical and technical developments that might allow us to integrate Formal Concept Analysis (FCA) tools with Conceptual Graphs (CG) tools. Since our 2001 workshop, we have recognized the need for the PORT Collaboratory to provide a context where all Conceptual Structures (CS) tools can be demonstrated and evaluated, and eventually work together, if possible. PORT needs to function as a virtual testbed with benchmark software, but with real problems to solve among collaborating users and developers (as partners) in the testbeds, where their needs specifications can be efficiently evaluated and their development of operations can continue. All Knowledge Representation (KR) tools (both CG and FCA) will be needed in that context and must be able to work together. Also tools that are out on the edges of CG and FCA tools can be seen as helping the whole process.

Collaboratories were conceived to have a three-fold research agenda that would be repeated in cycles of design, implementation and testing: to evolve with increasing value, by accelerating the pace of discovery and amplifying the capabilities of human intellect. The three components of collaboratory agenda are:
  1. system architecture and integration to explore ways that people and machines can use component technologies most effectively,
  2. a research program to study the conditions required for collaboration, and
  3. user-oriented rapid-prototyping testbeds, to understand the impact of technologies used. Testbeds were to support partnerships between users and technologists to explore the utility of various technical approaches by which the scientist user community can take advantage of emerging technology.

Collaboratory testbeds are to be established using currently available technology, to provide a context for conducting evaluations and improvements and where new technology can be introduced and integrated. This year's workshop will be an opportunity to "flesh out" those requirements with tools now available. We welcome tool developers, Peirce scholars, and anyone concerned about needs assessment, testing and integrating KR tools at this workshop.

PORT's goal is to create the communication conditions (both technological and behavioral) where effective relationships (or partnerships) and even standards can emerge, based on genuine mutual awareness of diverse resource uses and working circumstances. These conditions must be intricately considered, in order to comprehend and accommodate: the nature of the archived material, the requirements of computing systems used, and the needs of users in their work. The work to create high-quality resources demands considerable human effort, but the payoff is that (with proper storage and maintenance) the data can be efficiently used in many disciplines for deeper and broader-based inquiry. The required human effort can be augmented with knowledge-processing technology to produce knowledge-structured resources for increased efficiency in collaborative research.

Many sciences have adopted the collaboratory mode of resource development over the past two decades to advance large-scale, interdisciplinary, and international research. This could become the mode of development for any research archive or even for industrial knowledge bases. Successful marketing, like effective design, requires the capability to discern what people believe they need. PORT must develop that critical capability, which will become essential for successful industry in the expanding virtual marketplace.

Workshop Plan and Content

To create a collaboratory, PORT's virtual community of scholars and technologists must define and relate the following components:

-- operational processes (image capturing, transcription, indexing, editing, archiving, etc.) and
-- testbed development processes (for continuous improvement or evolution of operational processes)
-- a normative science research program to investigate the conditions required for improvement

For the workshop, we will identify the testbed context in terms Brandom's Game of Harmonizing Assertions.

Sections for Workshop

PowerPoint Presentation - "trikonic"

A very nice PowerPoint presentation was given by Gary Richmond on a design for a system for implementing the Peirce concept of "Thirdness".

Definition of Brandom's Game

Mary Keeler also presented a definition of how a game Brandom suggested of Harmonizing Assertions might be played.

Layout of the Tools

Heather Pfeiffer then gave an outline of what tools are currently available to use on the PORT project and how they may be laid out and were communication is needed.

How Playing the Game and Tools Come Together For a Testbed

Brandom's Game and Black Box Voting


People Involved in the Workshop

Organizing the Workshop

The organizing committee includes:
Mary Keeler
Heather Pfeiffer
John Sowa

Low Level Tool Developers

Peter Becker
David Benn
Harry Delugach
Philippe Martin
Heather Pfeiffer

Users and High Level Tools

Aldo de Moor
Peter Ekland
Doug Engelbert
Adil Kabbaj
Uta Priss
Gary Richmond
Bill Tepfenhart

Current Peircean Scholars

Robert Burch
Frithjof Dau
Felix Gatzemeier
Mary Keeler
John Sowa
Jay Zeman

Contact for further information

Anyone interested should contact Mary Keeler ( mkeeler@u.washington.edu )
or Heather Pfeiffer (hdp@cs.nmsu.edu)